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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

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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A Kansas Board of Regents panel has advanced a plan governing how to allow concealed weapons on the state's college campuses by mid-2017.

The board's four-member governance committee discussed and signed off on the newest draft Wednesday in Topeka, Kansas. That sends the matter to the full board for its likely consideration and approval next month.

Hugo Phan

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.

Stephen Koranda

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.

Hugo Phan

Faculty and staff at Wichita State University gathered Friday morning to discuss future changes to concealed carry laws on campus. The event was organized by the university's faculty Senate.

In July of 2017, any Kansas resident over the age of 21 who holds a concealed carry permit can bring their weapon onto campus.

For some, that makes them feel safe. Jeffrey Franck works at the Media Resource Center. He’s a veteran and has a concealed carry permit. He says despite gun-free zones, firearms are already on campus.

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This piece originally aired July 15, 2015, during All Things Considered.

A peaceful vigil to remember the nine church members gunned down in South Carolina and to promote gun safety will be held in Wichita’s Old Town Friday.

The Rising for Charleston vigil will take place one month after the massacre where nine African Americans were murdered in a South Carolina African Methodist Episcopal church. Victims will be honored with the ringing of a bell and the recitation of their names.

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A federal judge rejected a challenge Friday to a Kansas law that makes it a felony for U.S. government workers to regulate guns and ammunition made, sold and kept only in the state, ruling that the gun control group that filed the suit failed to prove its members are directly harmed by the law.

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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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