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Kansas Board Of Regents Approves Firearms Policy


The Kansas Board of Regents has approved a weapons policy to regulate guns on college campuses. A law passed by the Kansas Legislature says guns will be allowed on campuses starting in 2017.

The regents developed rules to comply with that law. They say concealed hand guns will be allowed on Kansas campuses, except in buildings where adequate security is in place and guns can be banned. The policy also bans openly carrying firearms.

Board of Regents Chair Shane Bangerter says this gives universities an outline, and the schools will now need to put more specific rules in place. For example, Bangerter expects training requirements for workers like dorm RAs.

“First of all, they’re going to need to know where the boundaries are. What are people allowed to do, what are they not allowed to do. For example, if you have a gun and you’re drunk, that’s a problem. If you’re brandishing the gun, waving it around, that’s a problem,” Bangerter says.

The individual campuses will present their specific policy proposals to the Board of Regents this fall.

Stephen Koranda is Statehouse reporter for Kansas Public Radio and the Kansas News Service, a collaboration of KCUR, KMUW, Kansas Public Radio and High Plains Radio covering health, education and politics.