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Kansas governor not rethinking support for campus guns law

by JOHN HANNA - Associated Press  |  Published on December 22, 2016

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Republican Gov. Sam Brownback said Wednesday that he’s not rethinking his support for a Kansas law that will allow concealed guns on state college campuses starting in July, despite opposition from faculty, students and administrators.

A law enacted by the GOP-controlled Legislature and signed by Brownback in 2013 expanded the rights of gun owners age 21 and older to carry concealed weapons into public buildings. It allowed state universities and community colleges to exempt themselves for four years.

Elections this year made the Legislature less conservative. After lawmakers open their annual session next month, they are expected to debate changing the concealed carry law for college campuses.

“I’m not inclined to think about that,” Brownback told reporters after signing proclamations in his office, calling gun ownership “a constitutional right that people have.”

The 2013 law allows concealed guns in public buildings unless they have adequate security measures, such as metal detectors or security guards. Those measures are costly, so concealed guns would be allowed in nearly all campus buildings, including at sporting events.

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