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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.

Stephen Koranda

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.

Allan Ajifo

Mental health issues are a top priority in the president’s plan to reduce gun violence.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness, or NAMI, says it will be watching to make sure proposed rule changes treat mentally ill patients and their families fairly.

The president’s plan calls for adding information from the Social Security Administration to the background check system used by people who are purchasing guns.

Rick Cagan of the Kansas branch of NAMI is worried about this change because he says the vast majority of individuals with mental illness are not violent.

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President Obama announced on Tuesday an executive action aimed at curbing gun violence in the U.S.

At the center of the executive action is a section which states that, whether at store, at a gun show, or over the internet, those in the business of selling firearms must conduct background checks on buyers. It’s meant to close a common loophole.

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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.

Stephen Koranda

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback says he's not second-guessing a new state law that would require the state's college campuses to allow concealed weapons.

The Republican told the Lawrence Journal-World that the law is in accordance with the Constitution's Second Amendment's right to bear arms.

In 2013, Kansas lawmakers passed and Brownback signed a bill mandating that concealed weapons be allowed in nearly all public buildings unless adequate security is in place to prevent anyone from bringing in a weapon.

Hugo Phan / KMUW

The board that governs state universities in Kansas is preparing to implement a controversial gun law despite growing concerns by some students and faculty.

Some prominent professors have gone public in recent weeks with their opposition to the gun law. But Kansas Board of Regents Chairman Shane Bangerter doesn’t expect what appears to be growing opposition to prompt legislators to re-think the law.

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