Opinion Columns & Blogs

Campus concealed-carry coming over stakeholders’ objections

It seems inevitable that Kansas public universities will have to allow concealed-carry of firearms as of July 1, 2017. That’s because the cost of continuing to bar concealed guns under a 2012 law is too great, as institutions would have to pay for armed guards and metal detectors at the entrances of their dozens of buildings. It’s important to remember that the move to open campuses to concealed guns was opposed by the Kansas Board of Regents, university presidents, university chiefs of police and student government associations. And 55 percent of Kansans surveyed in a 2013 poll were against allowing concealed-carry in schools, hospitals and government buildings. When it comes to guns, though, the Legislature thinks it knows better than stakeholders. – Rhonda Holman