Changes to concealed carry law in Kansas

Conceal and Carry (KSN File Photo)
Conceal and Carry (KSN File Photo)

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MULVANE, Kansas — People with a permit will now have the right to carry their concealed weapons into a number of government buildings.

The change went into effect July 1st, but some cities and counties say they need more time to think about.

Hundreds of people walk in and out of the Finney State Office Building in downtown Wichita and some people say they feel a little uneasy knowing that people with permits can now carry their concealed weapons into these buildings.

“I thought being in the state building would be more safe and secure even going to the city or county building they have to search for weapons or go through a wand and to check,” said Shannon McClain, concerned citizen. “There’s no such thing going on in this building.”

Shannon McClain is worried Monday afternoon after learning that a handful of no gun signs came down at the Finney State Office Building in downtown Wichita.

“Especially if somebody breaks bad and decides to want to kill everybody and there’s no way of knowing if they’re coming in to harmed,” said McClain.

But supporters of the expanded concealed carry law think differently.

“There’s a lot more good people than there are bad people out there,” said Shirena Green, concerned citizen. “I rather have someone protect me and my child than just be defenseless if something bad does happen.”

Kansas lawmakers voted to approve the change last session allowing licensed gun owners to carry into state and municipal buildings that may not have enough security in place.

The City of Wichita requested for a 6 months exemption so they can buy more time to put together a security plan.

But time is money for the City of Mulvane.

“Adding a metal detector meaning you would have to have a policemen there to staff it,” said Kent Hixson, city administrator for Mulvane. “That’s a multi-thousand dollars each year and that is simply not something most small cities can’t afford to do.”

Hixon tells KSN News the City of Mulvane will be looking at ways to improve security in all of their facilities.

“It’s the last message we want to send t our customers that we don’t trust you, but we do have an obligations to protect city employees,” said Hixson.

The state issued more than 60,000 concealed carry license as of July.

 

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