Wichita State Holding Forums To Discuss New Campus Weapons Policy

Apr 13, 2017

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As the debate continues at the Kansas Statehouse over guns on campus, universities around Kansas are preparing for the law to go into effect on July 1.

Wichita State University held a forum Thursday, the first in a series that will outline the school's new weapons policy. Basically, anyone over the age of 21 who can legally have a gun in Kansas can bring their concealed weapon on campus.

Read the campus weapons policy here.

Students, faculty and staff at the forum had questions about whether any buildings will remain gun free—none right now—and if teachers can leave their guns in their offices—yes, if it’s in a secure storage device.

Sara Morris, chief of the University Police Department, says she expects her department will be fielding more questions as the school adjusts to the new policy.

“A big portion of what we’ll be doing for quite a while is education," she says. "Because we’re gonna get a lot more calls because people aren’t going to be comfortable with it, they’re not going to be sure, and that’s OK.”

Additional forums are scheduled for April 17, 25, and 27.

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