- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 4, 2015

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - The Kansas Board of Regents is soliciting comments from state universities about a proposal to allow people to carry concealed guns on their campuses, but not openly carry the weapons.

A regents committee has drafted a proposed policy and the full board hopes to vote on it in December, the Lawrence Journal World reported (https://bit.ly/1Ncl23V ).

The board wants to adopt the policy by the end of the year, according to Regents spokeswoman Breeze Richardson.

Richardson said this policy would lay down the groundwork at the university level so that “the campuses would then have a year for policy and procedure development.”

A 2013 state law says adults 21 and older who can carry concealed guns can bring them into public buildings unless those buildings have security measures such as metal detectors. The law allowed universities to exempt themselves until July 1, 2017. Kansas law also states that a permit is no longer required to carry a concealed gun.

Richardson said the Regents and universities must determine how to smoothly implement the law.

Under the proposed policy, each university must have a place for people to securely store their weapons. Each campus also must identify the buildings in which concealed weapons won’t be allowed.

The proposal also includes prohibiting the display of a gun on campus except “in those instances where necessary for self-defense or transferring to safe storage.” Concealed handguns would be prohibited at stadiums or arenas if universities enact permanent or temporary security measures at the event spaces.

According to the policy, anyone who violates the rules must leave campus immediately, with the weapon, and possibly face additional discipline in accordance with university codes of conduct.


Information from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, https://www.ljworld.com

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