Ruling Raises Questions On AG Opinions
Associated Press - Mon 11:52 AM 10/08/2012
The opinion issued in late December prompted city councils in Wichita and Overland Park to rewrite their firearms laws to allow residents to openly carry guns.
A Kansas attorney general's opinion that cities are not allowed to ban open carry of loaded firearms has raised the question of how much weight such opinions carry.
The opinion issued by Attorney General Derek Schmidt's office in late December prompted city councils in Wichita and Overland Park to rewrite their firearms laws to allow residents to openly carry their guns.
Even former attorney generals are divided on how much weight an AG's opinion carries.
Bob Stephan held the office from 1979 to 1995. He says an attorney general's opinion carries significant weight in Kansas courtrooms. But Vern Miller, who served two terms starting in 1970, says an AG's opinion is merely an opinion that has no real authority behind it.
Associated Press information from: The Wichita Eagle