TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas residents could carry loaded handguns in their vehicles under a bill that's cleared a state House committee.
The Federal and State Affairs expanded gun-rights legislation Wednesday before approving it. The committee's unanimous voice vote sends the measure to the House for debate, as early as next week.
The bill voids existing local gun ordinances throughout Kansas and will ensure that the open carrying of firearms is allowed statewide and bar cities and counties from regulating sales of guns and ammunition.
It would also prohibit cities and counties from using tax revenue to administer gun buyback programs.
Local government groups oppose the bill, saying city and county officials know their communities best.
The committee postponed a vote last week to review potential amendments.