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Kansas Committee Proposes Bill Allowing Concealed Guns In Public Buildings

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A Kansas legislative committee has advanced a bill that would expand the number of public buildings in which concealed weapons are allowed. The measure also eliminates the possibility of being criminally charged if a person accidentally brings a legally carried concealed weapon into a building where concealed carry is forbidden.

Representative Larry Campbell, a Republican from Olathe, proposed the change.

“What should happen is if you walk and you forgot you had your weapon on you and someone notices it, they can say, ‘Hey, would you please leave?’ Concealed-carry folk are going to go, “Oh, I forgot!” and immediately walk out and it’s not a misdemeanor,” says Cambell.

An amendment that would have allowed universities to permanently exempt themselves from the bill failed. As it currently stands, universities could still forbid carrying concealed weapons during the next four years.

The House Federal and State Affairs Committee sent the legislation to the full House for debate.

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