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Lawmakers unlikely to change gun law for campuses

Will it matter to state lawmakers that 70 distinguished professors at the University of Kansas endorsed a letter released last week by 40 Kansas State University distinguished professors opposing concealed guns on campuses? Unlikely. After all, a majority of lawmakers didn’t care what the Kansas Board of Regents, university presidents and student government leaders wanted when they passed the state law forcing public universities to allow concealed guns as of July 1, 2017, unless their buildings are secured with metal detectors and armed guards (which is cost-prohibitive). Lawmakers also don’t seem to care that only 16 percent of the public supports allowing concealed guns on campuses, according to the latest Kansas Speaks survey. – Phillip Brownlee