Johnson County Open Carry files new lawsuit against Prairie Village’s gun restriction

Members of Open Carry Johnson County wore empty gun holsters on their hips at Harmon Park Sunday.
Members of Open Carry Johnson County wore empty gun holsters on their hips at Harmon Park this summer as a sign of protest against Prairie Village’s ban on openly carried weapons.

Johnson County Open Carry, the Second Amendment rights advocacy organization that wanted to hold an “open-carry picnic” at Harmon Park in June, has filed a new lawsuit against the city of Prairie Village.

The suit filed in Johnson County District Court today alleges that the Prairie Village ordinance banning openly carried firearms on city property violates the Kansas constitution. James Nelson of the Garrison Law Office will be representing the plaintiffs in the new case.

A similar suit filed by the Kansas Libertarian Party in December 2012 was thrown out in April after Judge David Hauber determined the plaintiffs in the case didn’t have standing because they hadn’t demonstrated that the Prairie Village law infringed on their rights.

In the new suit, Prairie Village resident Grant Nelson is named as a plaintiff, and the group is using the city’s denial of a special permit for the open-carry picnic as evidence of injury under the law.

“Johnson County Open Carry will work tirelessly to promote civil liberties and educate the public on these facts,” read a release from the organization announcing the suit. “We will not rest until all citizens of Johnson County have their 2nd Amendment rights restored.”

Read the new lawsuit below:

https://dfv6pkw99pxmo.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/open-carry-petition-PV-10-28-13.pdf