Wichita, Kansas – Gun law changes on the way in Kansas are bringing strong opinions at Wichita State University.
“So it’s all about my personal choice to protect myself or my family,” said WSU employee Jeffrey Franck. “I’m not a cop, I won’t enforce the law, it’s about protecting myself.”
Franck was one of a few dozen who met at a faculty senate meeting to talk about gun law changes for concealed carry in Kansas. Some expressed concerns that beginning in 2017 on July 1, concealed carry weapons will be allowed on campus.
“I think it’s a great opportunity for people to express their concerns and provide input to the overall discussion,” said WSU Provost and Senior VP, Tony Vizzini.
Vizzini said the topic of guns on campus is clearly a talker at WSU with not only students, but faculty as well. Vizzini says the University will not be spending money to stop concealed carry, because the cost to meet Kansas laws is too high.
“No, you look at this building here there’s probably about a dozen doors so either you restrict access to the building to the doors and put the time and money into that,” explains Vizzini. “This is an open environment. A University typically is an open environment.”
Vizzini says it would take many millions to close the campus buildings with metal detectors and security, measures that have to be in place to keep concealed carry weapons out of University building starting July 2017.
“I think there’s a lot of people on campus that are concerned about it. I’m not sure if they should be or not but they are and that’s understandable,” said Jeff Pulaski, an assistant professor who spoke at the meeting Friday. “I don’t think concealed carry is going to stop these kind of events (shootings) from happening but I also don’t think restricting concealed carry is going to stop those events from happening. Those events have happened in every state.”
KSN is talking to students to get their take on concealed carry, and what the University faculty group may draft in the way of an opinion to offer lawmakers.
WSU faculty senate member Peer Moore-Janzen told the group they have not drafted anything at this time to take to lawmakers, who passed the law that opened up concealed carry in Kansas.
“But this is a forum to have a discussion,” says Moore-Janzen to the group.