State Buildings To Allow Concealed Carry Under New Law

By: Stephanie Schultz
By: Stephanie Schultz

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - All state office buildings not exempted by the new concealed carry law will allow properly licensed firearms in public buildings.

The Kansas Department of Administration made the announcement Friday afternoon in a media release.

The State could exempt itself from the law until January 1, 2014, but the Department of Administration is not exercising that right.

The new law, going into effect Monday, July 1, 2013, states that concealed carry is allowed in any state or municipal building unless the building has proper security measures to ensure that weapons are not allowed into the building.

Chuck Knapp, Director of Operations and Public Affairs for the Kansas Department of Administration, told 13 News the Statehouse is exempt from the law until July 1, 2014.

The release states correctional facilities, courtrooms and law enforcement agencies are usually exempt from the law. Specific health care facilities and post-secondary facilities can notify Attorney General Derek Schmidt of either a six-month or four-year exemption from the law. Both The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services and the Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs have chosen the six month extensions for the facilities across the state.

On Tuesday, the Topeka City Council voted to approve the six month extension in public buildings including City Hall, the Topeka Zoo, the Topeka Performing Arts Center and area fire stations.


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