A BRIEF HISTORY OF CAMPUS CARRY IN KANSAS

In 2006, Kansas passed the “Kansas Personal and Family Protection Act” despite then-Governor Sebelius’ veto. That law first allowed concealed carry in Kansas, but it looked a lot different than today. Permits, training, and firearm registration were required and there were less places that people were allowed to carry than they weren’t [universities were one of those places that you could not carry]

Over the next few years, the requirements to carry were whittled away [for the sake of time I will skip this part, but will come back and at this info at a later date].

In 2012, there was the first attempt to get campus carry to be allowed in Kansas, but it was stopped.

In 2013, the Kansas Personal and Family Protection Act was amended so that public universities, public hospitals, libraries, courthouses, and other public buildings could no longer legally prohibit firearms UNLESS they install so-called “adequate security measures”– these are metal detectors, armed guards, and firearms storage facilities at every public entrance of a building. This was an unfunded mandate. Within that law, institutions were given a 4-year temporary extension to give them time to figure out how to implement the law– meaning it wouldn’t actually go into effect until July 1, 2017.

In 2015, halfway between the temporary extension, Kansas got rid of permit and training requirements, meaning that anyone can concealed carry a gun as long as they are 21 years of age and meet the minimum federal requirements (because Kansas does not have any additional restrictions).

In 2016, a few bills came up that would have permanently exempted us, but nothing happened with them. A few attempts were also made to move up the expiration date so that it would actually go into effect in 2016 and there were a few attempts to lower the minimum age of concealed carry to 18– these attempts were all unsuccessful.

In 2017, identical bills were introduced into the House and the Senate that cross out “July 1, 2017” and allow the public universities and hospitals to be permanently exempt- SB53 and HB2074. SB53 was voted down in committee . HB2074 had a hearing, and we are still currently waiting for Chairman of the House Federal and State Affairs Committee, Representative John Barker to call it up for a vote and vote YES on it.