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KU Student Senate bill would formally oppose concealed carry on campus


We told you earlier this month that KU's student government was set to oppose any effort to allow for concealed carry on Kansas college campuses, and a bill in the works would do that in a formal way.

Among the bills KU's Student Senate will be considering over the next couple weeks will be a resolution that would formally oppose concealed carry on university campuses. The bill says concealed carry would threaten the safety of students, staff and others at KU and that university administration and local law enforcement agencies should be making the call on what's allowed.

A bill that would have allowed for concealed carry of handguns on Kansas college campuses passed a state House committee last year, but the bill that ultimately passed the house exempted university buildings (it concerned public buildings in general). That bill never made it out of the Senate.

A similar bill has been filed for this year's session, and it also allows for higher-educational officials to make their own decisions when it comes to their campuses. But in December, Kansas Board of Regents chairman Tim Emert said he was expecting another fight on the issue this year. The Regents also oppose on-campus concealed carry.

We'll see what happens. In the meantime, do please continue to send your KU news tips to merickson@ljworld.com.


Jean Robart 5 years, 2 months ago

Congratulations to the Student Senate for this move, It is the right thing to do!

optimist 5 years, 2 months ago

It's the right thing to do until some nut ignores their belief in a gun free zone and decides to not only ignore the law preventing him/her from carrying concealed but decides to ignore the prohibition on murder. I understand fear of those things one doesn't understand. What I don't understand is this idea that ensuring any law abiding person who takes the time to educate themselves in the proper and safe use of a firearm should be prevented the ability to protect themselves and others in the event that the unimaginable occurs.

mom_of_three 5 years, 2 months ago

Well, you are assuming that in that type of situation, anyone with a concealed carry would be able to protect themselves AND OTHERS. That is a situation no one can train for. And then, you also have to make sure law enforcement doesn't shoot you by mistake, because they see you are the one with the gun. Because if law enforcement has to figure out who the bad guy is, more people could possibly get hurt. They would rather not have several people running around, trying to protect others.

Jeff Rice 5 years, 2 months ago

Why do you put AND OTHERS in all caps like that is the most important part of your statement? Since when is it my (or anyone's) responsibility to protect YOU? That's the problem with you sheeple. You always expect someone else to take care of you whether it be the cops, who are always 5 minutes too late, or someone else. It's called "Self Defense" for a reason. You need to learn to protect yourself.

parrothead8 5 years, 2 months ago

If you carry a gun in public with the intent to fire it if the need arises, you most assuredly DO have a responsibility to protect others...namely by not shooting them.

notaubermime 5 years, 2 months ago

The mother of the Connecticut shooter owned guns. They didn't exactly help her to defend herself.

Jonathan Fox 5 years, 2 months ago

Actually, this is a situation that not only police train for, but anyone who has taken the 8 hour concealed carry course that is required with the license. Police are trained to enter a threat area and the first thing they do isn't to shoot anyone with a gun that isn't a cop. That's never been their job. Even if you've ever seen a movie that involves cops they always first try to get the gunman to put their weapon down. Thus allowing the law abiding concealed carry holder to put his weapon down.

gatekeeper 5 years, 2 months ago

Oh yeah, that 8 hour course really trains people for crisis situations. You're a riot!

Just like the guy at the steak house in Lenexa last month that shot his wife, accidentally, at dinner.

Yep, that 8 hour course makes anyone as good as trained law enforcement.

Jeff Rice 5 years, 2 months ago

Fact: The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. If you wait for the Good guy to be a cop, chances are you've waited too long.

parrothead8 5 years, 2 months ago

Check your "fact." Lots of bad guys with guns have been stopped by people who didn't have guns.

Thinking_Out_Loud 5 years, 2 months ago

jkr1739, if you truly believe that, you are already at a disadvantage to the bad guy...whether or not he has a weapon.

DillonBarnes 5 years, 2 months ago

So LJWorld is covering proposed student senate bills now?

parrothead8 5 years, 2 months ago

Heard on the Hill has covered campus news for a while, and in case you hadn't noticed, guns are kind of a hot-button topic right now.

Thinking_Out_Loud 5 years, 2 months ago

I think the more accurate way to view this story is to say "LJWorld is still covering newsworthy items occuring at the University of Kansas, a local regents institution and one of the city's largest employer, and is also covering current issues of the day." Since the Student Senate bill concerns one of the current issues of the day, and will presumably reflect the preferences of the Senate if passed, that makes it newsworthy, hmmm?

Thinking_Out_Loud 5 years, 2 months ago

That makes a great soundbite, '77.

However, as a logical argument, it proceeds from a false premise. As a result, it is an invalid argument.

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