The Kansas Senate started debate on a bill that would change the state’s concealed carry laws, but ultimately decided not to vote on the issue and sent the bill back to committee. The plan initially would have banned concealed carry in state health care facilities, but then the discussion was expanded to include college campuses.
Republican Senate President Susan Wagle supported sending the bill back for more work and continuing negotiations. She says even considering the bill has boosted the chance of a compromise.
“All of a sudden, communication increased between the parties that this affects. I believe that we’re close to an agreement,” says Wagle.
State law says most public places, including universities and health care facilities, must allow concealed weapons by this summer or install extra security to keep out all guns.
The debate brought back arguments that have been heard during discussion of the issue this year. Supporters of changing the law said more guns on campus would mean more accidents and suicides. Critics of the proposal said people have a right to carry firearms for defense and those rights don’t end on a college campus.