Lewis Diuguid

Kansas contends with hidden costs of liberal gun laws

It doesn’t take much to turn people away from commercial, financial or government centers of town. Make parking difficult, and folks won’t go there.

Add expenses. That’s a turnoff, too.

Kansas is challenging people’s sense of safety now by allowing concealed weapons in public buildings for people who are licensed. Many Johnson County cities have taken the exemption of at least six months but not Roeland Park, The Kansas City Star reports.

People with concealed carry permits can take their guns into the town’s five public facilities. Other Johnson County cities are grappling with whether to install new security measures such as guards and metal detectors and banning concealed guns or allowing the weapons in public buildings.

Security costs could amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars annually. Officials also have to consider that such changes will chase away folks who may not feel safe in such an environment.

If those locations are central to commercial areas, people may decide to go elsewhere. That also could affect Gov. Sam Brownback’s plan to attract new businesses to Kansas from Missouri and elsewhere with the hefty tax cut.

What good is a tax cut if the safety of people working in Kansas is jeopardized?