Kansas Board of Regents mulls concealed carry study

The Kansas Board of Regents may pursue an in-depth study of a new law that loosens restrictions on carrying concealed weapons into public buildings, citing safety concerns on campuses.

The law prohibits many state and local government agencies from banning concealed guns on their premises unless they provide adequate security measures such as metal detectors or security guards.

The regents have already taken an immediate six-month exemption for universities and could file for one that would extend through 2017. At their annual retreat Tuesday, some regents said a study would be helpful if the board decides to seek exemptions in specific areas, the Lawrence Journal-World reported.

Chairman Fred Logan said the regents need to examine if there are areas on campuses where concealed carry shouldn’t be allowed, such as at athletic events or in classrooms or certain laboratories.

“It’s naive to believe that any time soon we are going to go to a generalized exemption,” Logan said.

Regent Robba Moran said that while she supports gun rights, she didn’t think it was wise to allow concealed carry at athletic events.

“At the sporting venue, you have tempers flaring and you have alcohol and that is different than a classroom,” Moran said.

Regent Ed McKechnie took a tougher stand, saying he wasn’t willing to let legislators feel the board is OK with the new law.

“Just because the Legislature has done something wrong, I don’t know that I want to go along with that,” McKechnie said.