July 1, 2013 — the same date that the law allowing campus carry was enrolled into law– HB2162 was also put on the books. This law prohibits state-appropriated funds to lobby for gun control measures, silencing public universities from speaking against guns on campus policies. This law means that the university-paid government relations directors, for instance, are legally barred from telling the legislature that the campuses don’t want guns in their buildings. This law only applies to speaking to the legislature about gun control measures, so it is a very clear attempt to get the universities to shut up.
Unfortunately it worked. The administrators of many of the public universities in Kansas used this law as an excuse for not showing up to hearings on gun laws that would affect our university campuses, even as private citizens– an action fully within their rights.