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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

Larry Sturm 1 year, 4 months 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.

skull 1 year, 4 months ago

Because gun accidents don't happen right?

Fred Mertz 1 year, 4 months ago

Really no gun control laws? There are thousands of gun control laws. Lots of laws restricting CC too.

Liberty275 1 year, 4 months ago

The AWB put the democrats out of the gun control business. You did it to yourselves.

George_Braziller 1 year, 4 months 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."

parrothead8 1 year, 4 months ago

You could just save the gas and mail in your water bill with a check. It only costs a stamp.

skull 1 year, 4 months ago

Just stop pretending you're not safe and go pay your water bill.

George_Braziller 1 year, 4 months ago

Personal responsibility is in short supply because it's been replaced by paranoia. Shoot first, then ask questions later.

Jonathan Fox 1 year, 4 months ago

Paranoia, is thinking a no-gun sign makes you safe.

skull 1 year, 4 months ago

You already were safe. You carrying a gun makes you, and everyone around you, less safe.

Curtis Lange 1 year, 4 months ago

No, it doesn't. By that logic, walking through a parking lot with 3000 lb weapons all around us makes us not safe as well.

Curtis Lange 1 year, 4 months ago

You, very clearly, missed the point. My point was that incidents happen but you should not EXPECT them to every time you walk through the parking lot...or in this case a government building.

lwctown 1 year, 4 months ago

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

Maracas 1 year, 4 months ago

Because Kansans are routinely shot by gun carrying criminals inside public buildings, amirite? I mean paranoids need protection, too, right?

Jonathan Fox 1 year, 4 months ago

It'd happen a lot more than getting shot by a law abiding citizen.

skull 1 year, 4 months ago

Well that's pretty obvious...is this the kind of logic that's passing laws in Kansas now?

Curtis Lange 1 year, 4 months ago

Of course not because these signs save us.

Lathrup 1 year, 4 months 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.

Kathleen Ammel 1 year, 4 months ago

I'd sure rather have a legal gun in the building with me when the criminal starts shooting. Might have a chance. This sitting duck would prefer to fight back.

Maracas 1 year, 4 months ago

When? Seriously? At what rate have criminals started shooting inside public buildings to warrant the need for the paranoid, neurotic and excitable public to carry guns inside those buildings?

David Mora Marín 1 year, 4 months 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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