- Associated Press - Friday, June 24, 2016

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - The city of Lawrence is ditching a plan to add security measures that must be installed in some public buildings under a new state law in order to restrict concealed firearms.

The 2013 Personal and Family Protection Act allowed Lawrence and other cities to ban concealed weapons for four years before complying with a state law that says concealed firearms are allowed in public buildings unless the structures are equipped with security measures.

The city attorney’s office prepared for the end of the exemption by proposing that the city use more than $114,000 of the 2017 budget to purchase security devices, such as metal detectors, for four public buildings.

City Manager Tom Markus tells the Lawrence Journal-World (https://bit.ly/290TG6D ) that the plan was removed from the budget because of its expense. He says the city commission may revisit the issue.

“I’m in the midst of trying to figure out how to balance a budget and deal with those things,” Markus said. “That was one of those that didn’t survive the process. There are other serious financial issues we’re trying to address at the same time.”

Besides the cost, Markus said he eliminated the proposal from the budget because of an upcoming effort to consolidate locations. The city leases the building at 1006 New Hampshire St. that houses Lawrence Municipal Court. That lease is coming to an end, Markus said, and the city is considering relocating the court.

If security measures are not in place by the time the exemption ends in 2017, concealed weapons will be allowed in the buildings.


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

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