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Regents chair predicts heated debate over expansion of concealed carry

December 21, 2012

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— The chairman of the Kansas Board of Regents says he expects a full-throttle debate during the next legislative session over whether to allow concealed guns on campuses of state universities.

"Definitely it will be back," said Tim Emert of Independence.

Noting the recent mass shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut, Emert said, "There is a lot of support, because of recent incidents, for stricter gun control, but then by the same token, there is growth among folks who believe that everybody should be armed."

He said the nine-member regents will continue to oppose concealed carry on campuses. "It's going to be real interesting with all those new legislators," he said. When the 2013 session starts Jan. 14, there will be 50 members in the 125-member House who have never served there before.

State Sen.-elect Forrest Knox, R-Altoona, has said he will push for a bill that would allow concealed-carry permit holders to take their weapons into public buildings. Knox, who was a House member in the 2012 session, got a similar bill passed in the House last session, but it included a provision that would have allowed universities and hospitals to exempt themselves. He said he would re-introduce his bill in the Senate in the same form it was when it left the House. But it could always been amended again.

Knox has argued that preventing law-abiding concealed-carry permit-holders from bringing their weapons into public buildings is an invitation to criminals. In an email from last month, Knox said, "We can trust the average Kansan to carry a deadly weapon. It is not the weapon that is evil, it is criminals that misuse the weapon."

Knox has not responded to a recent email seeking comment following last week's deadly rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., where a gunman killed 20 students and six staff members.

Higher education officials have said increasing the number of guns on campuses would produce greater risk and confusion in the event of an emergency situation.

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lawslady 1 year, 3 months ago

I enjoy using a gun for target practice and support hunting and 2nd amendment rights. However, I am not so afraid of my government and other people that I believe it is a good idea to have automatic weapons in the hands of anyone who has gotten a little training and can afford one, nor do I think most people with common sense want to see armed students in their late teens and early teens at all their school functions, classes, and competitive games. Sadly, there will never be enough security nor guns in this world to 100% protect against all the criminals and mentally ill people around us. Anyone so fearful that they think all "law abiding" citizens should be allowed to carry any kind of weapon they want anywhere they want are cordially invited to (a) first allow that kind of rule in their own homes, which should be open to anyone off the street at any time and (b) live inside an armed camp at all times. There are simply not enough training nor enough guns to protect everyone from everything at all times. If you think more guns equals more safety, take a look at the crime and homicide statistics in those countries (like Australia) where the ban on assault weapons is pretty strict. The only people benefiting from an increase in the number of guns being carried in America will be those making and selling the weapons. Now who would that be?

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justfornow 1 year, 3 months ago

Dumb leftys think a right will be changed! Big dummy!!

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justfornow 1 year, 3 months ago

Will not be infringed, ever!!

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yourworstnightmare 1 year, 3 months ago

Yet another example of the extreme gun fetishists trying to force guns into every aspect of society.

This goes beyond free access. This is bordering on forced gun presence and coercion to arm every aspect of society.

The gun fetishists view common sense restriction on military style arms as a slippery slope to dictatorship (or even dictatorship itself) and coffins full of dead children as the price we pay for this "freedom", burnt offerings to their fetish the gun god.

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biggunz 1 year, 3 months ago

So, when you have no ideas or solutions, just type a bunch a babbling bs? Ok, great.

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justfornow 1 year, 3 months ago

Hyperbole and bullcrap!! What was expected.

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mikekt 1 year, 3 months ago

Why stop with automatic assault rifles ?

Listen,....you need to own your very own M1A1 Tank, An A-10 Warthog, An Attack Helicopter, A Stealth Fighter & Bomber, Cruise Missiles, A Nuclear Submarine with multiple re-entry targeting nuclear tipped missiles on board, spy satellites, armed drones & folks to run all of that, for you ...............so that you could tell the Government to get lost & protect yourself from them being unreasonable,.... about your ideas of how the world should work,..... in your mind.......complete with Mr York & the short guy !

This is about lobbying to sell guns, .......that are profitable to the manufacturers of guns to make and sells. They know darn well that the Second Amendment, and five bucks might get you a cup of coffee, somewhere...... but owning a gun certainly isn't what it used to be in 1776, before modern weapons of real massive fire power, became available to governments......that you......my poor friends,....... simply can't afford to buy or operate.

I guess that the Commies won't be burying us, as Nikita Khrushchev once suggested .

We will be burying ourselves,.....in armed guarded entrances to everywhere, surveillance cameras, assault weapons for all.........and who will be the first person on your block to own their very own tank, in order to feel secure, from the rest of us with our assault rifles, when they go to down town for shopping ?

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Keith Richards 1 year, 3 months ago

It was okay for republicans to use 9/11 to politicize the patriot act and reducing our freedoms, but even trying to have a discussion about automatic weapons and large ammo clips is apparently off limits now.

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biggunz 1 year, 3 months ago

Times have changed and there is no going back. This is our world now, and you better figure out how to live in it. Sorry, but it isn't gonna be as simple as banning guns.

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sierraclub 1 year, 3 months ago

Liberals!!! They will never understand. What is the 2nd amendment? What happened to the citizens of Germany in 1938?

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yourworstnightmare 1 year, 3 months ago

The NRA and these pro-gun folks have moved beyond free and open access to firearms to an ideological struggle to force firearms into every aspect of American life. In Kansas, they may very well be successful.

I generally support access to firearms for sport and protection, but this is bordering on crazy. More guns means more accidents with guns, and even the best trained and most well-intentioned CCer is subject to accidents and misjudgements.

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boltzmann 1 year, 3 months ago

"...there is growth among folks who believe that everybody should be armed."

Wow, that is messed up. What about the freedom for people to not have to live in a society where everyone has to be armed to be safe?

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