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Kansas University Submits New Concealed Weapons Policy Draft With Added Restrictions

October 12, 2016

Earlier this week, Kansas University submitted a new draft policy to the state Board of Regents concerning their new concealed carry weapons guidelines, including making people carrying a concealed handgun in a building put their firearm in their holster with the safety on.

Some other rules in the policy include making people who are carrying concealed handguns to keep the weapons on their person at all times.

The policy aims to ban guns from buildings “with adequate security measures at each public entrance”. The building will have signs that indicate concealed carry is not allowed inside the building.

As of July 1, 2017, Kansas will no longer exempt universities from constitutional carry laws due to the  Kansas Personal and Family Protection Act.

Idaho, Utah, Colorado, Tennessee and Texas permit concealed carry on campus while universities in Kansas, Oregon, Mississippi, Arkansas and Wisconsin also allow concealed weapons, but they are restricted from who and where they can exercise the right to have them.

The Board of Regents are scheduled to discuss the newly drafted policy in November, according to a campus message from KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little.

“Our goal was to create a university-wide policy that emphasizes the safety of our campuses, creates a setting conducive to learning, teaching and research, and is consistent with state law,” Gray-Little said in the message.

Last week, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt denied the university’s request to ban concealed firearms in labs and areas containing “dangerous materials such as pressurized gas cylinders, rocket fuel and other combustible materials,” according to reports.