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New ‘no gun’ signs posted in public buildings

June 28, 2013

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Mike Yoder/Journal-World Photo.Building maintenance crews for Lawrence and Douglas County have posted new "no gun" signs on public buildings, indicating that the local governments have exempted themselves from the state's new concealed-carry gun law.

Mike Yoder/Journal-World Photo.Building maintenance crews for Lawrence and Douglas County have posted new "no gun" signs on public buildings, indicating that the local governments have exempted themselves from the state's new concealed-carry gun law.

Building maintenance crews for Lawrence and Douglas County have posted new "no gun" signs on public buildings, indicating that the local governments have exempted themselves from the state's new concealed-carry gun law.

Bill Bell, director of buildings and grounds for Douglas County, said the new signs are designed to comply with guidelines that Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt sent to local governments.

Like the old signs, they show an image of a gun, with a circle around it and a diagonal line through it, to indicate weapons are not allowed inside. But the new ones also contain a written statement that cites the specific local ordinance or resolution number that makes the building exempt.

The new law expands the state's concealed-carry policy by requiring that people with valid permits be allowed to carry concealed weapons into most state and local government buildings, unless the building has other security measures like x-ray machines and metal detectors to ensure that nobody can carry a weapon inside.

But local governments could receive an automatic six-month extension from having to comply if they adopt a local ordinance or resolution and notify the attorney general, which both the city and county did.

They may also apply for a further extension to July 2017 if they adopt a security plan to put those screening devices into place.

Public school districts are exempt from the law, as is the Kansas Statehouse. Public colleges and universities do not have to comply until July 2017.

"We're literally just putting them up with Scotch tape," assistant county administrator Sarah Plinsky said. "We've been advised not to invest a lot in new signage until the first of the year."

Comments

davidmm 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Nice of the legislators who passed the concealed weapon law to exempt their grounds from it; their safety is really important after all.

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Lathrup 9 months, 3 weeks ago

If guns are outlawed only guns will have outlaws,,,,no, that's not right. IF guns have laws then only outlaws will.....nope, well I used to know how that went. Anyway I'd sure rather be shot by a legal gun than a criminal gun.

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R_I 9 months, 3 weeks ago

So the issue of not ordering signage?

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R_I 9 months, 3 weeks ago

I wish that Extra Virgin and Kansas Sampler would properly display the proper concealed carry signage if they actually intend to prohibit concealed carry on their property.

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lwctown 9 months, 3 weeks ago

This means that only gun carrying criminals who have no respect for the law or a sign will enter these buildings. Solid work.

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GAC 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Nothing will stop the outlaws from having their guns. Only personal responsibility and that appears to be in short supply these days.

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George_Braziller 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Wait a minute. The law requires that people with conceal carry permits be allowed to sport a hidden gun into the building yet the sign is in lieu of x-ray machines and metal detectors to ensure that no one can carry a weapon inside? I'm lost on the logic here.

I don't own a gun but if I did and had a conceal-carry permit would there be a basket by the door at City Hall where I could throw it the next time I want to walk in to pay my water bill? This has to one of the stupidest laws the Kansas Legislature has come up with in years.

"The new law expands the state's concealed-carry policy by requiring that people with valid permits be allowed to carry concealed weapons into most state and local government buildings, unless the building has other security measures like x-ray machines and metal detectors to ensure that nobody can carry a weapon inside."

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Larry Sturm 9 months, 3 weeks ago

We can ban smoking in work places and public buildings. We can pass abortion laws forbidding women from making decisions on their own body, but we can't have any gun control laws, in time we are going to pay for this big mistake.

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R_I 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Well the signs will keep illegal guns out right?

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