University areas containing combustibles must allow handguns

KU Campus (KSN File Photo)
KU Campus (KSN File Photo)

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) – The Kansas attorney general says the University of Kansas can’t ban handguns from areas on campus that contain combustible materials.

Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little told the University Senate last week that it would be “disastrous” if a weapon fired in some high-security laboratories and other areas. But she says Attorney General Derek Schmidt told the university it can’t make those places exceptions to a state law allowing concealed weapons on campus.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports state universities currently are drafting policies to address the law that will allow concealed guns at the schools beginning in July 2017. Buildings with security measures to keep all guns out will be the exceptions.

The Kansas Board of Regents is scheduled to consider the universities’ proposals in October and November meetings.