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City Council Approves Concealed-Carry Exemption

The city of Wichita won't allow people to bring concealed firearms into public buildings until at least early next year.

A Kansas law taking effect July 1 allows people with concealed-carry permits to take weapons into public buildings unless the buildings have adequate security in place. But cities and counties can exempt their buildings for six months.

The Wichita City Council voted 5-2 Tuesday for such an exemption. Wichita officials say the delay will allow time to study the security needs for the more than 280 city-owned buildings and properties.

The Sedgwick County Commission is also considering a six-month exemption.