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Thu December 19, 2013
Capitol Police: State Lawmakers With Guns In The Kansas Statehouse Could 'Lead To Problems'
The new concealed carry law allows state lawmakers to carry concealed guns into the Kansas Statehouse.
Capitol Police told lawmakers yesterday that could lead to problems.
The was designed to allow people with concealed carry permits to bring their weapons into public buildings. The weapons can't be banned unless the buildings have security measures, like metal detectors, in place.
However, the law written so that legislators--who have greater access to the building than the general public--can legally carry concealed weapons if they hold state permits.
Capitol Police Sgt. Terry Golightley says the new law is will pose some problems.
Lawmakers, along with their employees and other people with offices in the Statehouse, including reporters, have key cards that allow them to enter without going through metal detectors.
Sergeant Golightley says if there's an incident, officers from multiple agencies will converge on the building.
A concealed carry permit holder who's drawn a weapon may mistake an officer for the assailant--or an officer may believe the permit holder is the assailant.
House Majority Leader Jene Vickrey says doesn't think having legislators carrying concealed weapons makes the Statehouse riskier.