Police disarm antifascists at rally in downtown Kansas City

5 months 2 weeks 2 days ago Saturday, September 09 2017 Sep 9, 2017 Saturday, September 09, 2017 4:47:34 PM CDT September 09, 2017 in News
Source: AP
By: The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY (AP) — Groups at an anti-fascism rally in downtown Kansas City who were ordered by police to remove ammunition from their weapons complied with the order but said it violated their rights to openly carry weapons.

Police cited a city ordinance that prohibits possession of a weapon "readily capable of lethal force" when issuing the ordinance Saturday at the peaceful rally.

Police spokeswoman Sgt. Kari Thompson says the ordinance allows possession of the weapon but the ammunition can't be with the weapon. She said the ordinance prohibits open carry anywhere in the city unless the person has a concealed-carry permit.

The Kansas City Star reports several people who declined to be identified said they planned to fight the order later but didn't want to take any action during the rally.

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