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State-managed buildings to allow concealed carry

6/28/2013

Special to The Hays Daily News

TOPEKA -- Kansas Interim Secretary of Administration Mark J. McGivern today announced that, as of Monday, properly licensed firearms will be allowed in all state office buildings not exempted by law. The 2013 Kansas Legislature passed a measure permitting concealed carry of guns in public buildings with certain exceptions, and McGivern said his agency is complying with the intent of the new law.

"The Kansas Legislature clearly indicated the belief that properly licensed individuals should be allowed to exercise their right to carry concealed firearms in most public buildings," McGivern said.

The new law stipulates concealed carry is permitted in any state or municipal building "unless such building has adequate security measures to ensure that no weapons are permitted to be carried into such building." Although the state could exempt itself and prohibit concealed carry until Jan. 1, the Department of Administration is not exercising an exemption for state-owned buildings.

In order to get clarification from the attorney general on how the law should be applied to leased premises within a building where the state is not the sole tenant, the Department of Administration will exercise the six-month exemption for those properties.

State correctional facilities, courtrooms and law enforcement agencies generally are exempt from the new law. Certain state health care facilities and post-secondary educational facilities can notify the attorney general of six-month and four-year exemptions to the law. The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services and the Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs have exercised six month extensions for their health care facilities throughout the state.