Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library clarifies conceal and carry policy

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library has clarified its policy on concealed weapons to comply with state and federal laws.

An exemption in state law allowing them to ban concealed weapons ends July 1st. However, under the Gun Free School Zone Act of 1994, institutions within 1,000 feet of a school may prohibit concealed carry, except for those who have a valid state permit.

At its March Board of Trustees meeting, the library approved a change to their customer conduct policy which will allow people with a valid Kansas permit to bring concealed weapons into the building.

"We want to ensure the safety and security of everyone who uses our library and we feel it's in the public's interest to handle the situation in this manner," CEO Gina Millsap said.

Millsap said in her experience, people with concealed carry are law abiding citizens.