- Associated Press - Friday, May 27, 2016

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - The city of Lawrence is creating a security plan to comply with a state law allowing people to carry concealed guns.

The city attorney’s office has proposed funds in the 2017 budget to install personnel and equipment security at entrances to public buildings in anticipation of the Personal and Family Protection Act’s expiration in 2017, the Lawrence Journal-World (https://bit.ly/1TNf8h2 ) reported.

The act, passed in 2013, 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.

“That’s what we are currently under,” said Maria Kaminska Garcia, assistant city attorney. “When it expires, we either have to allow the carrying of concealed firearms inside of municipal buildings or install adequate security measures at all public entrances to keep weapons out.”

The draft of the security plan includes nearly $115,000 to install equipment in City Hall, the municipal court, the public library and the police department’s investigations and training center. The equipment would include metal detectors, which cost up to $6,000 each, as well as metal detector wands, Garcia said. The city is also looking into screening machines for bags, which cost about $20,000 each.

Armed security guards would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars more.

“This is just a proposal of what type of equipment and in what building,” Garcia said. “We have to stay tuned to see what the City Commission wants to do, so everything is tentative right now.”


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



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