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No federal charges will be filed against a gun owner whose weapon discharged at a graduation ceremony Sunday in Augusta.

The gun owner wounded himself and a bystander when the gun he had stuffed into his sock accidentally discharged.

Augusta Police Chief Tyler Brewer says that the federal law prohibits carrying a gun into a safe school zone, but he says the law does not apply when the gun owner has a state concealed carry permit. Brewer says they will still pursue other possible charges.

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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.

A woman has been charged with providing guns to the man who killed three people and injured several others at a factory in Kansas.

U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said Friday that 28-year-old Sarah T. Hopkins is charged with one count of knowingly transferring a firearm to a convicted felon.

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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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The Kansas Senate has rejected two proposals that would have affected concealed carry on Kansas college and university campuses.

The first proposal would have allowed universities to ban concealed guns through 2021. Under current law, concealed guns will be allowed in university and college buildings starting in 2017.

Republican Sen. Jeff Longbine said campus surveys show staff and students aren’t ready for it.

But Republican Sen. Forest Knox said this is about trusting law-abiding gun owners.

Protesters Rally At KU Against Guns On Campus

Feb 8, 2016
Stephen Koranda

Dozens of people gathered at the University of Kansas on Monday to rally against a state law that will allow concealed weapons to be carried on college campuses next year.

"It's clear that the students don't want guns on campus, the faculty don't want guns on campus, the parents of students don't want guns on campus and the we feel the majority of Kansas doesn't want this either," says Meagen Youngdahl with the Kansas Coalition for a Gun-Free 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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A bill before a Kansas Senate committee would protect firearms businesses from discrimination. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports, a hearing on the bill also brought out other groups seeking protection.

Trevor Santos, with the National Shooting Sports Foundation, says firearms businesses can be the victims of discrimination. He used the example of a shooting range owner in Olathe who tried to insure a new vehicle.

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Some student and faculty groups have voiced their opposition to a law that will allow concealed guns at universities, but they face an uphill battle in the Kansas Statehouse. A state law will allow concealed weapons on college and university campuses starting in 2017.

Republican state Rep. Brett Hildabrand supported the bill and points out that it passed with big majorities.

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The Kansas Board of Regents has approved a weapons policy to regulate guns on college campuses. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports, a law passed by the Kansas Legislature says guns will be allowed on campuses starting in 2017.

The regents developed rules to comply with that law. They say concealed hand guns will be allowed on Kansas campuses, except in buildings where adequate security is in place and guns can be banned. The policy also bans openly carrying firearms.

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