Despite Salina Incident, Concealed Carry Law Running Smoothly

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- The law allowing guns in more Kansas public buildings that began July 1st has been closely followed by pro and anti-gun advocates, but so far, incidents have been few and far between.

The gun debate is a hot button issue, something Todd Reeves, owner of the Pawn Market in North Topeka is all too familiar with. "We feel like we are constantly attacked and painted as gun lovers and anti-government which just is not true."

On July 1st, a recent bill passed by the Kansas Legislature, allowed concealed carry guns in more public buildings and so far it has had little impact.

Capitol Police Officer Stephen Crumpler said, "We have had two people act out their right to conceal carry in the Capitol and had no incident. We just checked that their license was up to date and they went through without a problem."

The Salina Police Department handled a recent situation at the Central Mall Movie Theater Tuesday, where a patron was asked to leave after movie-goers complained they could blatantly see the fire-arm through his clothing and felt uncomfortable despite the theater having no signs banning guns. Those familiar with gun safety believe the problem lies with education.

"Owning a gun is a serious responsibility. If you have a concealed carry license you have to learn how to conceal it and to make sure it doesn't cause any problems so we don't get that kind of attention," said Reeves.

While there are numerous buildings that now allow concealed carry throughout the state of Kansas, including the State Capitol, authorities say if a situation arises, it's still best to leave it to the professionals.

"You have to be careful because if there is an active shooter, we are going to be there to respond and if you have a gun out we may not be able to differentiate between you and the bad guy. It would be a tragedy for someone to lose their life because of that," said Crumpler.

The Kansas Attorney General's office is currently gathering data on concealed carry licenses from the 2014 fiscal year which ended June 30th. Information will be available early next week.


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