City Council Approves 6 Month Exemption


TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)- The City Council voted to approve a 6 month exemption from a law requiring local governments to allow concealed weapons in public buildings, which include City Hall, Topeka Zoo Topeka Performing Arts Center and Fire Stations.

This decision stirred up some discussion.

Chad Manspeaker was the lone council member who voted against the exemption. He said people already are taking weapons into areas posted as "gun-free" zones, such as the zoo. Karen Hiller voted for the exemption, but says it is too costly to make every city building secure, as the law would require in the future.

"Realistically, if we were to come up with any security measures it would be a lot of money," said Hiller.

Ultimately, Mayor Wolgast says they need the time to study the information to implement a plan.

"The no guns signs inside all of our buildings it allows those to stay," said Hiller.

"I think this is good thinking of the legislature to let the city entities determine how best to implement it," said Mayor Wolgast.

The City Council also approved a resolution for Topeka to acquire 2 pumper trucks to carry water.


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