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December 8, 2013

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

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

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.

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