A bill in the Kansas House would require public buildings to be open to people legally carrying concealed weapons, unless the building has adequate security measures.
Under current law, concealed weapons can be barred from public buildings by posting a sign at the door.
Sen. Forrest Knox, an Altoona Republican, spoke in favor of the bill during a committee hearing Monday. He says Kansans with concealed weapons permits should be allowed to carry guns inside public buildings unless the building has enough security to ensure safety.
If I may be boastful for a moment here, let me just say that you are listening to the voice of a very brave man. I didn’t realize I was brave—in fact, I’ve lived my life fairly oblivious to my own courage for lo, these many years.
But at a recent Sedgwick County Commission meeting, Commissioner Richard Ranzau proposed allowing folks with concealed-carry handgun permits to tote their pistols into many county buildings, including mental health facilities. Commissioner Karl Peterjohn agreed, saying, “I feel safer in a building where concealed carry is allowed.”