Library Votes To Seek 4-Year Gun Law Exemption

By: Stephanie Schultz
By: Stephanie Schultz

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library will continue with their current security plan to not allow guns in the building.

Board members voted 7-1 Thursday to seek a four-year exemption to a new state law allowing licensed people to bring concealed weapons into public buildings that don't have adequate security. Quentin Martin opposed the measure.

The library board met several times in executive sessions to discuss the issue and read feedback from residents prior to Thursday's vote.

The library already approved an exemption through the end of the year. Board members voted to seek the longer exemption while they work on a security plan to ban guns indefinitely.

Library officials have said previously they would need to fund nearly $100,000 in upgrades to meet requirements to continue prohibiting weapons in the building. They also would face continued annual expenses for adding civilian staff and armed security.


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