Concerns With Concealed Carry On Kansas College Campuses

Feb 22, 2016

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Kansas colleges and universities are preparing for the summer of 2017. That's when they will have to start allowing students, staff and faculty members to carry concealed guns on campus.

Schools can opt out of this policy, but only if they spend millions of dollars to upgrade security measures.

One survey showed a majority of university employees opposed the idea of allowing guns on campus.

Kansas State University President Kirk Schulz says his primary concern is safety and the fact that no basic gun safety training is required for those wishing to carry concealed weapons.

"If a young man or woman shows up hunting with their mom or their dad or things like that and they show up, and they have basic gun safety, I don't worry about an accidental discharge," he says. "But just because I have the money to go buy a firearm and have no training what so ever, I worry that's where we're gonna get into trouble with accidental discharges, with people walking around with a loaded cocked weapon with the safety off, those types of things."

The survey also found that 54 percent of state university employees are in favor of having their schools spend more money to implement adequate security measures. Only 16 percent of those surveyed think that allowing concealed carry on campus will reduce crime.