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KU Student Senate bill would formally oppose concealed carry on campus

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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.

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rockchalk1977 1 year, 2 months ago

The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.

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DillonBarnes 1 year, 2 months ago

So LJWorld is covering proposed student senate bills now?

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jkr1739 1 year, 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.

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toe 1 year, 2 months ago

They will be carried whether allowed or not.

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optimist 1 year, 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.

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Jean Robart 1 year, 2 months ago

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

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