HUNTER WOODALL ON DEC 22, 2016
Dec. 21--A push to repeal or delay the state's concealed carry handgun policy for college campuses would likely face opposition from Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback.
Brownback said Wednesday that he isn't thinking about possible changes to the policy that was signed into law in 2013.
But incoming state Sen. Barbara Bollier said there is a bill "ready to go" that would try to repeal the law, which allows handguns on campuses starting July 1.
"I'm not inclined to think about that," Brownback told reporters Wednesday about changes to the law. "I support Second Amendment rights. It's a constitutional right that people have. I think people are trying to put in appropriate measures to accompany it. But I've been a long and consistent supporter of Second Amendment rights. I'm not re-thinking my support for the Second Amendment."
Under the law, people age 21 and older will be able to have a handgun on campuses like the University of Kansas, Kansas State and Wichita State. The policy also impacts other public schools like Johnson County Community College.
Buildings with security measures, like metal detectors and security staff, would be able to keep the concealed guns out under the law. But those security changes would likely be costly and expensive.
A Fort Hays State University survey of employees in the Kansas Board of Regents system published this year found that 70 percent wanted to see the law changed to keep handguns out of campus buildings.