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Brownback Not Interested In Amending Kansas Gun Law

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Some university officials in Kansas could be making a push next legislative session to keep concealed guns off college campuses, but Gov. Sam Brownback does not seem interested in changing the law.

Universities currently have an exemption to state law allowing them to ban concealed weapons, but that will end in 2017. In a recent interview, Brownback said constitutional rights extend onto college campuses.

“A lot of people raise questions about what we do under the First Amendment, and yet, most people would say ‘it’s your right.’ I may not agree or disagree with this, but it’s your right. Is that any different when it comes to the Second Amendment?” Brownback says.

Some student and faculty groups don’t want to allow concealed guns on campus. They say more guns on campus could lead to accidents and possibly violence when emotions run high.

Lawmakers also amended state law so most Kansans over age 21 can legally carry a concealed weapon without a permit.