Topeka — A state or municipal employee who has a license to carry a concealed gun would be allowed to take the weapon to work unless the work place has “adequate security” to ensure there are no weapons, under a bill that will be considered by a House committee.
The House Federal and State Affairs Committee will have a hearing on House Bill 2685 on Thursday.
State Rep. Forrest Knox, R-Altoona, said Tuesday that placing a sign prohibiting concealed weapons in an unsecured facility can actually be dangerous.
“Placing a sign is sometimes perceived to provide some level of security. But it does the opposite. It becomes an invitation for criminals to a ‘gun free zone,’ ” Knox said in a news release.
Under his bill, if a sign is posted prohibiting the carrying of a concealed weapon, then adequate security measures must be in place. This includes electronic equipment and personnel to detect weapons.
The bill would apply to any government-owned, state or local building that posts a sign prohibiting the licensed carry of a concealed weapon, Knox said.
A proposal to increase taxes on alcoholic beverages and dedicate the revenue to community mental health centers and services for those with disabilities will be considered this week.
The House Taxation Committee will hold a hearing on Friday on House Bill 2593, which would double wholesale taxes on various alcoholic beverages.
Supporters of the measure say it will raise $22 million. Under the bill, the extra revenue would go to services that have been slashed during the current budget crisis.
The proposal has been pushed by two Republican House members from Johnson County -- Kay Wolf of Prairie Village and Pat Colloton of Leawood.
The alcoholic beverage industry opposes the plan, saying it would send customers to Missouri to buy alcohol.