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How do Kansas state university students really feel about concealed guns coming to campus? And what do they think about various policy scenarios that might be put in place to deal with that impending reality? A new survey — which students at Kansas University and other state schools should have in their email inboxes today — seeks answers.
At least at KU, I’ve overwhelmingly heard students and employees flat-out ridicule the law and say they hate the whole idea. But that’s just conversational. Most academics would probably agree with us journalists, the more hard data the better, so I’m pretty interested to see what this survey will reveal.
Members of the Students Advisory Committee to the Kansas Board of Regents (KU Student Body President Jessie Pringle is chairwoman) have been talking about doing the survey since their retreat in August and worked with the Docking Institute of Public Affairs at Fort Hays State University to create and execute it. Students have until Nov. 25 to take the survey, and results are expected to be out in December, according to a KU Student Senate news release.
“It’s important that students have a space to say something about their feelings of safety and security on campus whether that means carrying or prohibiting,” Pringle said, in the release. “Leaving out student voices does not create sound policy.”
In case you missed my previous articles on the issue, here’s a CliffsNotes version of why guns are coming to campus: Under Kansas law, anyone who is legally allowed to carry a concealed weapon will be able to do so on college campuses as of July 1, 2017. If universities want to prohibit weapons inside any building, that building must be equipped with “adequate security measures” such as metal detectors or guards. Concealed weapons are already allowed on public property, but universities have an exemption that runs out in 2017. The Regents have drafted updates to their statewide weapons policy that they hope to vote on in mid-December. Then individual universities are supposed to develop more detailed implementation policies for their respective campuses.
“From the survey, SAC hopes to gain an aggregate and university specific opinions regarding guns on campus,” the KU Student Senate statement said. “SAC plans to bring the results to university administrations and the Kansas Board of Regents to ensure that the voices of students are heard.”
Here's some of what the survey wants to find out from students (questions paraphrased):
• Do you think concealed guns be prohibited or allowed in campus buildings, at sporting events or in outdoor areas? Do you feel the same way for employees, students and visitors?
• How strongly do you support or oppose gun storage lockers in various areas of campus? Does your opinion differ for handguns v. hunting rifles?
• How high a fee would you be willing to pay for your university to install these adequate security measures in buildings?
• In your opinion, how would allowing concealed carry on campus affect campus crime levels?
• How would allowing concealed carry on your campus affect your decision to attend this university?
Perhaps you recall that KU's Student Senate was considering a bill that would announce its opposition to any legislation allowing concealed carry on campus.
Well, that bill passed last night, pretty easily. The margin was 46-8 with three students abstaining, per the minutes from the Senate's meeting Wednesday night.
Also according to the minutes, a couple of students spoke against the bill. (That is, they spoke against being against concealed carry, just to make sure you've got that straight.)
According to the bill, the Student Senate will notify Gov. Sam Brownback as well as a litany of state legislators about its opposition to on-campus concealed carry.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.