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Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has signed into law a bill allowing many public employees to carry concealed weapons when they’re traveling on the job. The change means employees for cities, counties and government agencies can now carry guns when they’re working out in the community.

During debate earlier this month, Republican Sen. Forrest Knox said this allows workers to protect themselves.

“You should not, if you’re a public entity, a public employer, be able to require your employees to be defenseless,” Knox says.

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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.

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Democrats in the Kansas Legislature have introduced a bill that would allow colleges and universities to continue banning concealed guns on campus. State law allows concealed firearms in most public buildings that don't have adequate security measures in place.

Universities have been exempt from that law but the exemption expires next year. This new proposal would give universities a permanent exemption. Democratic Senator Tom Holland says the state shouldn’t be dictating these policies.

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President Obama's plan to reduce gun violence includes providing active shooter training for law enforcement authorities, first responders and school officials.

This type of training is already happening in Kansas through several agencies, including the Kansas Highway Patrol.

The Highway Patrol launched the Kansas Active Shooter Mitigation (KASM) program in 2013.

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Some university officials in Kansas could be making a push next legislative session to keep concealed guns off college campuses, but Gov. Sam Brownback does not seem interested in changing the law.

Universities currently have an exemption to state law allowing them to ban concealed weapons, but that will end in 2017. In a recent interview, Brownback said constitutional rights extend onto college campuses.

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Concealed weapons will be allowed on university campuses in Kansas starting in 2017 as required by a state law. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports, more than 100 students, faculty and staff gathered yesterday at the University of Kansas to share their thoughts and concerns about the issue.

Miranda Ganter, a sophomore at KU and an RA, says she’s already scared sometimes when she has to confront men in the dorms who are drinking or otherwise breaking the rules.

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A student group has made a series of demands in response to claims of racism and discrimination at the University of Kansas. But as KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports, university officials would have trouble complying with at least one of the requests.

Students outlined the demands at a huge public meeting at KU. Some of the loudest cheers came when they said concealed weapons should be barred on campus.

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TOPEKA, Kan.--The Kansas attorney general's office says it received 9,805 applications for concealed gun permits for the fiscal year ending June 30.

Attorney General Derek Schmidt said in a news release Tuesday that he expects the program to remain popular even with the law passed by the Legislature this year allowing eligible Kansans to carry concealed guns without a license.

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The Kansas legislature passed bills at the end of the session that will raise the states sales tax and change the laws on carrying a concealed weapon. The new laws go into effect tomorrow, along with nearly 80 other laws that begin July 1.

The statewide sales tax will increase from 6.15 percent to 6.5 percent.

Taxes on cigarettes will also go up 50 cents a pack to $1.29.

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A Kansas House committee has advanced a bill that would allow people over the age of 21 to carry a concealed firearm in Kansas without a permit. State law currently requires training and a background check before residents can carry a concealed gun.

Republican Representative Travis Couture-Lovelady says Kansans shouldn’t have to ask for permission from the government to exercise their 2nd Amendment rights.

“And I think the citizens of Kansas have proved that they are able to safely carry concealed without problems,” says Couture-Lovelady.

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