Wichita elementary teacher set for court date on charge of carrying gun at school

A Wichita elementary teacher who is facing a misdemeanor charge of carrying a concealed handgun on school premises is scheduled to have his first appearance in Municipal Court on July 8, according to court records.

Daniel C. Nagel, 31, was arrested shortly after noon May 20 at White Elementary, 5148 S. Kansas, on suspicion of carrying a concealed gun on school property. He waived his arraignment hearing that was set for earlier this week, a court official said.

Since his arrest, Nagel has been on paid administrative leave by the school district, according to district officials.

Nagel has a concealed-carry permit issued by the state, said Nicholas Means, his attorney. Means said it was his understanding that Nagel had a permit at the time of his arrest.

Current state law, however, prevents anyone other than law enforcement officers from carrying a gun into a school, regardless of whether that person has a concealed-carry license, if a sign banning guns is conspicuously posted.

The state Legislature passed a law this year that allows school districts to designate an employee to carry a gun. But the Wichita district has not addressed the issue, and all seven board members have said they would not support an employee carrying a gun. The new law goes into affect July 1.

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