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Gun found in bathroom in KU’s Wescoe Hall was loaded .38 reported stolen in Olathe

7 things to know about guns on Kansas campuses

The Kansas Personal and Family Protection Act, which took effect July 1, allows concealed handguns to be carried on more than 30 two-year and four-year colleges in the state. Here's what you need to know.
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The Kansas Personal and Family Protection Act, which took effect July 1, allows concealed handguns to be carried on more than 30 two-year and four-year colleges in the state. Here's what you need to know.

Two weeks into the fall semester, the first in which Kansas students can legally carry concealed handguns on campuses, an unattended gun turned up Tuesday in a bathroom at the University of Kansas.

KU Public Safety officials said the weapon was removed late Tuesday morning from a fourth-floor bathroom in Wescoe Hall, an academic building on the Lawrence campus.

Officials said the gun was a loaded .38 reported stolen out of Olathe.

“We ran in through our system and got back a (stolen gun) hit,” said Deputy Police Chief James Anguiano.

Leaving a gun unattended is not a criminal offense, Anguiano said. But it would violate university rules, and the person responsible could face disciplinary action.

University law enforcement are trying to determine whose gun it is.

No injuries were reported in the incident, Anguiano said.

“No one was hurt and there was no imminent threat,” he said.

In 2013, the Kansas Legislature passed a law allowing concealed handguns to be carried into public buildings, including buildings on the campuses of the state’s two- and four-year colleges and universities.

Campuses had four years to implement the law, which went into effect July 1 at KU, Kansas State University, Johnson County Community College and 30-plus more campuses.

Since fall semester classes began, one KU professor, Kevin Willmott, has been lecturing in a bullet-proof vest as a reminder to students that anyone in the class could have a gun tucked in a backpack.

Mará Rose Williams: 816-234-4419, @marawilliamskc

Toriano Porter: 816-234-4779, @torianoporter

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