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Wichita City Council to look at exemptions to concealed-carry law

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, at 12:06 p.m.
  • Updated Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, at 3:18 p.m.

Buildings proposed for exemption

Wichita city staff proposes these buildings be exempted from a new state law allowing concealed carry in local government buildings.

• Guns prohibited with existing security: City Hall, 455 N. Main

• Libraries: Alford, 3447 S. Meridian; Evergreen, 2601 N. Arkansas; Linwood Park, 1901 S. Kansas; Maya Angelou, 3051 E. 21st St.; Orchard Park, 4808 W. Ninth St.; Rockwell, 5939 E. Ninth St.; Westlink, 8515 Bekemeyer; Central, 223 S. Main

• Recreational facilities: Atwater Park Community Center, 2755 E. 19th St.; Edgemoor Park Recreation Center, 5815 E. Ninth St.; Evergreen Neighborhood City Hall, 2700 N. Woodland; Evergreen Park Recreation Center, 2700 N. Woodland; Linwood Park South Recreation Center, 1901 S. Kansas; Lynette Woodard Park Recreation Center, 2750 E. 18th St.; McAdams Park Recreation Center, 1329 E. 16th St.; Orchard Park Recreation Center, 4808 W. Ninth St.

• Arts centers: CityArts, 334 N. Mead; Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum

• Law enforcement: Police Academy, 2235 W. 37th St. North; Police Substation East, 350 S. Edgemoor; Police Substation North, 3015 E. 21st St.; Police Substation South, 211 E. Pawnee; Police Substation West, 661 N. Elder; Police EOD Room, 1903 W. Pawnee; Police EOD Bomb Range, 33550 W. 111th St. South; Police Animal Shelter, 3303 N. Hillside; Police Patrol West Community Policing, 5803 W. Central; Police Air Section, 3340 N. Jabara; Police Property and Evidence, 410 N. Waco

• Housing: Wichita Housing Authority, 332 N. Riverview

• Airport: Airport police and fire, 2193 S. Air Cargo; airport field maintenance, 7710 Southwest Blvd.; airport passenger terminal, 2299 Airport; Airport Authority administration, 2173 Air Cargo.

City Hall staff is proposing to exempt 34 city buildings from a state law allowing concealed carry in municipal buildings and facilities.

The proposal goes before the Wichita City Council at a meeting at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

The measure, Senate Substitute for House Bill 2052, permits buildings to be exempted if they are properly posted and have adequate security measures. It became effective July 1.

The city requested an initial exemption for 107 owned buildings last summer until Jan. 1, 2014, to allow time for the facilities to be reviewed and additional security plans to be developed.

Staffers sliced that number to 34 during the review, based on the existence of children’s activities, daycare or recreational activities; law enforcement activities; and services regulated by federal agencies, primarily at Mid-Continent Airport. In addition, properties the city has leased to a tenant, such as the Wichita Boathouse, can have concealed carry prohibited by the tenant.

The 34 buildings proposed for the gun ban were evaluated by the Wichita Police Department, with security plans developed that will be operated by the police.

Council members will have the option Tuesday of allowing guns in all city buildings and facilities, with the exception of City Hall, which already has extensive electronic and law enforcement security.

Reach Bill Wilson at 316-268-6290 or bwilson@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @bwilsoneagle.

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