Shawnee Co. seeks 6-month delay of concealed carry

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Concealed weapons will not be allowed in public buildings in Shawnee County for another six months.

The council commission voted Thursday to seek a delay in a new state law that allows concealed-carry permit holders to bring weapons into public buildings, beginning July 1.

The law permitted local governments to seek a six-month delay until Jan. 1, 2014.

Before Thursday’s vote, Commissioner Kevin Cook said county leaders need time to consider all options.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/196R53r ) Earl McIntosh, the 2nd Amendment chairman for the Kansas Libertarian Party, asked the commission not to seek the delay, which he said put people in public buildings at risk.

The commission would have to supply adequate security measures for each public property to be permanently exempt from the law.

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Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com

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