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Governor Brownback Not Interested in Amending Kansas Gun Law

File photo of Governor Brownback by Stephen Koranda

Some universities officials in Kansas could be making a push next legislative session to keep concealed guns off college campuses, but Governor Sam Brownback does not seem interested in changing state law.

Colleges and universities currently have an exemption to state law allowing them to ban concealed weapons, but that will end in 2017. In a recent interview, Brownback said constitutional rights extend onto college campuses.


“A lot of people raise questions about what we do under the First Amendment, and yet, most people would say ‘it’s your right.’ I may not agree or disagree with this, but it’s your right. Is that any different when it comes to the Second Amendment?” says Brownback.

Some student and faculty groups don’t want to allow concealed guns on campus. They say more guns on campus could lead to accidents and possibly violence when emotions run high.

Lawmakers also amended state law so most Kansans over age 21 can legally carry a concealed weapon without a permit.

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Concealed weapons will be allowed on university campuses in Kansas starting in 2017. Some university faculty and students have called for changing the law to continue barring guns on campus, but Governor Sam Brownback doesn’t seem interested.

In a recent interview, Brownback said carrying weapons is a constitutional right that’s supported by many Americans. He points to the thousands of Kansans who have applied for concealed carry permits in recent years.


“Seems as if the American public has supported the Second Amendment and is now even voting with their feet and their actions because of their own security concerns,” says Brownback.

Some students and faculty don’t want to allow concealed guns on campus. They say more guns on campus could lead to accidents and possibly violence when emotions run high.

Lawmakers also amended state law so most Kansans over age 21 can legally carry a concealed weapon without a permit.
 

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