The chairman of the Kansas Board of Regents said Wednesday that he expects the board to re-examine its ban on concealed weapons on state university campuses because of a new law signed by Gov. Sam Brownback.
Starting in July, the legislation will allow Kansas public schools, universities and colleges to arm employees with concealed guns.
The law will continue to permit universities, community colleges and technical colleges to prohibit concealed guns in their buildings for another four years, but regents chairman Tim Emert said he expects the board to adjust its policy well before 2017.
The law also:
• Allows state agencies and local governments to continue banning concealed weapons through 2017, but it requires them to declare publicly they have developed plans for adequate security for their buildings.
• Allows local school boards, state university presidents, and community and technical college boards to designate employees who are allowed to carry concealed guns in their buildings, whatever their policies for the general public.
Emert said the Board of Regents will re-examine its policy, perhaps by the end of the year. Community and technical colleges would set their own policies.
“We know what the vote was in the Legislature. We know it was overwhelming,” Emert said. “I feel with a certain degree of confidence that there will be some adjustments in our policies.”
Later, however, he said he didn’t mean to imply that guns would be allowed on campus.
“We're going to explore the options.”
Regent Dan Lykins, a Topeka attorney, said he sees no need to change the policy because campuses are now safe. And Kansas State University officials don't see “any place” for guns on campus “with the exception of the police force,” college president Kirk Schulz said.
Brownback signed the legislation late Tuesday. He also signed a measure declaring that the federal government has no authority to regulate guns, ammunition and accessories that are manufactured, sold and kept only in Kansas.