The Kansas Senate leader said Friday he had no interest in a bill that would allow concealed carry of weapons on college campuses.
“I think it’s a bad idea,” said Senate President Steve Morris, R-Hugoton. He said combining concentrations of young people and guns doesn’t make sense.
House Democratic Leader Paul Davis of Lawrence, whose district includes Kansas University, said, “I think that we need to let the Regents institutions police those issues themselves. They know what the security concerns are, better than the 165 legislators.”
While KU and other Regents schools oppose the proposal, Davis said he has heard more from community colleges wanting to make sure the bill doesn’t become law.
This week, House Bill 2353 was approved by the House Federal and State Affairs Committee and is headed to the full House for consideration.
The measure, by Rep. Forrest Knox, R-Altoona, states that people who are licensed to carry a concealed gun would be allowed to bring a weapon into a state or city facility unless the building had adequate security measures, such as electronic screening equipment and guards, to ensure that no weapons could be brought in.
Representatives of colleges, cities and counties and other groups have lobbied against the legislation, saying it would be cost prohibitive to have security systems at all entrances.That means concealed carry would have to be allowed in their facilities, they said.
Two years ago, a similar bill by Knox was approved by the House but it got bogged down in the Senate.