DODGE CITY, Kan. (AP) – Southwest Kansas’ Ford County has removed its signage barring concealed weapons in government buildings.
A 2013 state law removes exemptions to government buildings and requires local governments to open their buildings for concealed weapons or secure their buildings against all weapons.
Ford County Administrator Ed Elam says the cost to secure buildings with locking doors or staffed checkpoints with metal detectors would have ranged in the hundreds of thousands of dollars for just equipment.
Ford County schools remain exempt from allowing legally carried weapons, but the library, City Hall and courts are not exempt.
Ford County, like most local governments in Kansas, took a six-month extension to make a decision. The extension expired Jan. 1.