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Licensed Guns Now Allowed In State Buildings

As of Monday, properly licensed firearms will be allowed in all state office buildings, except those exempted by law.

The new law stipulates that concealed carry is permitted in any state or municipal building unless the building has adequate security measures to make sure no weapons are allowed inside.

State correctional facilities, courtrooms and law enforcement agencies are generally exempt from the new law.

Some state health care facilities and post-secondary educational facilities have asked for temporary exemptions from the law.

The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services and the Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs have also asked for six-month extensions.

Although the state could exempt itself and prohibit concealed carry until January 1, the Department of Administration is not exercising an exemption for state-owned buildings.