Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has signed a law making it easier for gun owners to transport their firearms, the Kansas City Star reports. The law makes it legal to transport guns as long as they are unloaded and in closed containers. The law prohibits cities and counties from imposing stricter rules. “Currently hunters and other law-abiding gun owners traveling across Kansas may unknowingly violate gun ordinances by simply driving through another town,” Sebelius said. Some municipalities have required that guns be stored in trunks, and others that they be kept in glove compartments.
Sen. Phil Journey, a leading advocate of gun rights, called the new rule a victory for gun owners. He said the law would make Kansas more attractive to out-of-state hunters who might have avoided Kansas because of its “patchwork quilt” of rules. Kansas was the 45th state to pass a consistent, statewide set of rules for transporting firearms.