WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Open carry will soon be allowed on campuses across Kansas, and Wednesday, Wichita State University officials met with the Kansas Board of Regents Governance Committee to review the proposals the school is asking for.
It’s an upgrade in security that would cost Wichita State hundreds of thousands of dollars.
David Moses has been working closely with other WSU officials for the last several months on a proposal that’ll follow the new state law allowing concealed carry on campus.
“You cannot restrict entire buildings unless you have adequate security measures as defined by the statute,” explained David Moses, WSU General Counsel.
Moses says the proposal he presented to the Kansas Board of Regents Wednesday asked for a few areas on campus to stay gun free. One place is the Child Development Center, another location is busy with traffic.
“We have a counseling and testing center. Staff and students will come on campus and there may be a lobby area but to go back and go through your counselling and testing and see one of the specialist, that may be restricted,” said Moses.
There’s been discussions about boosting security at Koch arena by placing metal detectors and security guards at the entrance. But Moses tells KSN the athletic department only plans on doing it for bigger events.
“Men’s basketball games they’ll have adequate security measures, and I think that’s the plan,” stated Moses.
He says other than men’s basketball games, the security check points won’t be at the doors. So, open concealed carry is allowed in the arena.
That reality is unsettling to this long time shocker fan.
“It makes me very nervous. I don’t particularly care for it at all. I don’t think they should have it at an event, especially in college. It’s just too scary,” said Michelle Green.
While others, don’t find it as big a deal.
“It’s not going to be that big of a threat. I don’t think anyone is going in there with harm. I think people are just trying to protect themselves and maybe others, say if something were to happen,” explained Baylor Cohlmia.
By February, the Kansas Board of Regents should approve all of the policies for Kansas universities, then the institutions will start educating staff on what the rules will be. July 1st, the policy will be implemented.