The news late Friday that the Kansas Libertarian Party was moving forward with a legal challenge to Prairie Village and Leawood’s ban on openly carrying weapons within their city limits made the renewed debate over gun control following the Sandy Hook massacre a consequential one at the local level.
To gauge local sentiment on the issue, we’re running a four-item poll about local open carry laws and school security.
We understand that this is a national debate — but the Prairie Village Post is a site designed to serve northeast Johnson County. As such, if you post a comment in the comments section, we ask that you identify your city and state of residence to help other readers assess what are the sentiments of their neighbors vs. the sentiments of people from outside the area who are interested in the debate.
Allowing people to openly carry firearms in Prairie Village and Leawood would make the cities more/less likely to experience gun violence.
- More likely to experience gun violence (65%, 195 Votes)
- Less likely to experience gun violence (35%, 106 Votes)
Total Voters: 301
Prairie Village and Fairway should/should not have the right to ban people from openly carrying guns in their city limits.
- Should have the right (69%, 207 Votes)
- Should not have the right (31%, 93 Votes)
Total Voters: 298
I support/don't support the idea of having an armed guard at every school in the Shawnee Mission School District.
- Do not support having armed guards (58%, 169 Votes)
- Do support having armed guards (42%, 124 Votes)
Total Voters: 292
Increased prevalence of guns would make society more/less safe overall.
- Less safe overall (67%, 198 Votes)
- More safe overall (33%, 100 Votes)
Total Voters: 296