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Faculty, staff oppose concealed-carry on campus

Seventy percent of faculty and staff at state universities in Kansas (66 percent at Wichita State University) oppose the state law making it legal to carry concealed weapons into campus buildings beginning in July 2017, according to a survey conducted by the Docking Institute of Public Affairs at Fort Hays State University. Another 7 percent want the Legislature to delay the implementation of the law. Only 19 percent support the law. Also, 82 percent of faculty and staff said they would feel less safe if students were allowed to have concealed weapons. A separate survey of students found that 55 percent opposed allowing concealed guns on campus and another 14 percent wanted to delay allowing them. – Phillip Brownlee