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Concealed-carry Backers Show Strength in Kansas Legislature

by JOHN HANNA | AP Political Writer  |  Published on February 15, 2017

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gun-rights advocates sent a strong signal Wednesday that they still have enough clout in the Republican-controlled Kansas Legislature to make sure that concealed firearms are allowed in hospitals and on university campuses starting this summer.

The House Federal and State Affairs Committee rejected a bill that would have allowed the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas, to continue banning concealed guns. A state law mandates that state universities, public hospitals and mental health clinics allow concealed weapons into buildings starting in July, unless the buildings have “adequate” security measures such as guards or metal detectors.

The committee’s 11-11 vote keeps the bill stuck in committee. The measure was the narrowest version of anti-concealed carry legislation before lawmakers, and a Senate committee rejected a broader bill earlier this month.

“It is about our God-given rights to protect ourselves — myself, my family, my property,” said Rep. Trevor Jacobs, a Fort Scott Republican.

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