Carrying concealed handguns on college campuses is no laughing matter.
But it was the stuff of satire for the artists at Raygun T-shirts, which fired off a piece of artwork — the University of Kansas’ Jayhawk with a handgun and bulletproof vest — in response to two news stories this week regarding the Kansas law that now allows concealed handguns to be carried on campus by students and others.
The art, displayed on the Raygun website Thursday, included the caption: “Armed & Ready for College!” The company won’t be using the image on any actual products as the Jayhawk image is licensed to KU.
The picture was created in response to stories that appeared Thursday on The Kansas City Star’s website. One profiled a KU student who carries a Glock 19 with a 15-round magazine in his backpack for safety. The other was on KU film professor Kevin Willmott who showed up to his first class on Tuesday wearing a black bulletproof vest to protest the Kansas law that allows concealed carry at KU, Kansas State, Johnson County Community College and more than 30 other state campuses.
The law was passed in 2013. Colleges were given four years before it went into effect on July 1.
Raygun, based in Iowa, operates a store at 18th and Baltimore in the Crossroads Arts District.
Willmott said he intends to wear the bulletproof vest for the remainder of the year. The art piece is a one-shot deal.