Visitors who have a concealed weapons permit will be allowed to bring guns into the Kansas Statehouse starting in July.
A state law grants the Legislative Coordinating Council the authority to bar concealed firearms in the Capitol. But at a meeting Thursday, those legislators chose not to discuss any regulations. That means concealed guns will be allowed in the Capitol next month.
Senate President Susan Wagle, a Wichita Republican, says this puts the Statehouse on a par with many other facilities.
Just hours before adjournment, the Missouri General Assembly has approved a bill that lowers the state’s legal age for carrying concealed weapons to 19 and allows the open carrying of firearms by any person with a valid concealed-carry permit.
The bill also allows schools to designate teachers or administrators as "school protection officers" who can carry a concealed firearm or self-defense spray device. But school districts authorizing the armed officers are required to hold a public hearing on the matter.
Licensed gun owners in Kansas will now be allowed to bring their concealed weapons into Johnson County public libraries. The expansion of the concealed carry law passed in July by a wide margin in both the Senate and the House. But, the library system was granted a six-month extension to explore increased security, which expired on Jan. 1.
Republican state representative Stephanie Clayton opposed the law. And Clayton says due to the nature of the bill, library staff members cannot ask if a patron is carrying a weapon.
The constitutional right to bear arms has long been viewed as a critical American principle. But, does this right threaten public safety or allow us to better shield ourselves from random gun violence? Starting July 1 it will be legal to bring a concealed weapon into all Kansas buildings with a concealed carry permit unless the building provides "adequate security." In Missouri, state agencies have been under fire for providing concealed carry permit information to federal agents. In response the Senate has voted to defund the DMV. Are these bills and laws necessary? Will they really make us safer? And why do some oppose them?
In Kansas, you can carry a concealed weapon anywhere, unless there’s a “no handgun” sign posted at eye-level at the entrance.
Currently, it’s up to local governments whether or not to allow concealed carry in their public buildings. If they don’t want handguns in their buildings, like any business, they have to post that “no handgun” sign.
Kansas Board of Regents members say they will study the issue of allowing guns on campuses, but for now they'll continue barring concealed weapons.
A bill signed into law this week by the governor would allow legally carried concealed weapons in most public buildings, unless the buildings meet certain security requirements. The new law takes effect July 1st, but universities can exempt themselves from the requirement for four years.
Regent Fred Logan says they don't have time to thoroughly study the issue by July 1st.
The Missouri Department of Revenue will cease scanning source documents for conceal-carry weapons applicants, also known as CCW’s. This news comes a day after the resignation of now-former DOR Director Brian Long.
Budget writers in the Missouri Senate turned their attention Thursday to the Highway Patrol and the Department of Public Safety as they continue to question why the state’s list of conceal-carry weapons holders was given to the federal government.
Colonel Ron Replogle testified that the Patrol received a request for the list in November of 2011 from the Social Security Administration, which was conducting a fraud investigation.
“And our employees felt this was a legitimate criminal investigation, so therefore they released the information," Replogle said.
A Kansas legislative committee has advanced a bill that would expand the number of public buildings in which concealed weapons are allowed. The measure also eliminates the possibility of being criminally charged if a person accidentally brings a legally carried concealed weapon into a building where concealed carry is forbidden.
Representative Larry Campbell, a Republican from Olathe, proposed the change.