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New Kansas Law Expands Gun Carrying Rights for Public Employees

The Kansas Statehouse. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)

Starting Friday, many public employees in Kansas will be able to carry concealed guns when they’re traveling on the job. The law taking effect means employees for cities, counties and government agencies can now carry guns when they’re working out in the community.

During debate on the bill, Republican Senator Forrest Knox said this allows workers to protect themselves.

“You should not, if you’re a public entity, a public employer, be able to require your employees to be defenseless,” says Knox.

Some opponents of the change argue employees carrying guns while checking utility meters or doing other business could lead to injuries. School districts are exempt from the law.

The law also says air rifle shooting sports can be held on public school property.

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