Grafitti paint and markers banned in Wichita

Leave the spray paint and fat markers at home.

Wichita City Council members passed a new law Tuesday that bans people from carrying spray paint, broad-tipped markers and a variety of other potential graffiti tools on public property or within 100 feet of it. It also bans stores from selling the materials to anyone under the age of 18.

If caught and convicted, violators face a fine of $250 to $1,000 and up to six months in jail.

Police would need probable cause to search people for the banned materials, and they say the law won't stop children from carrying normal, school-approved markers.

The city says that graffiti cleanup cost $280,967 in 2008 and $290,954 last year. That doesn't count tags the parks department or private residents removed.

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