Opposition Arises To Guns In Public Buildings

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A proposal to require public buildings to either allow concealed weapons or provide adequate security measures is drawing the ire of leaders of local governments, health centers and local community corrections officers.

Currently, state, county and city governments can post signs banning concealed carry of guns in their buildings. A bill before the Kansas House would allow weapons in buildings that don't have security measures such as metal detectors or security personnel.

The bill also would override local ordinances that outlaw open carry of firearms.

A state official said Monday that only a few of the state's courthouses and no court-related buildings currently had the required security measures.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports associations for community mental health centers and community corrections offices sought exemptions from the proposal.