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No regard for serious concerns about campus-carry

There was no mistaking the message of the Kansas Senate on Thursday to those worried about allowing concealed guns on state university campuses, including an increased risk of student suicide: Those concerns don’t matter, or at least don’t trump what senators perceive as a constitutional right to carry concealed firearms nearly anywhere in the state that lacks metal detectors and other security measures. Surveys showing strong opposition among students and faculty were discounted, as senators rejected an attempt to delay the campus mandate until July 2021. At least they didn’t fall for a political stunt by Sen. Michael O’Donnell, R-Wichita, aimed at forcing campuses to allow concealed-carry this July, a year ahead of schedule. – Rhonda Holman