UPDATE: Kansas Lawmakers Advance Expanding Concealed Carry

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(AP) – The Kansas Senate has given first-round approval to a bill expanding the public buildings where concealed weapons are allowed and letting public school and college employees carry concealed firearms.

The Republican-dominated Senate’s voice vote Tuesday night advanced the bill to final action, which is expected Wednesday and will determine whether the bill goes to the House.

The House already has approved its own version of the same measure, which would allow local school boards and state colleges to designate employees to carry concealed weapons even if the school, college or universities banned them in their buildings.

Also, the state and local governments couldn’t prohibit people with concealed-carry permits from the state from bringing their weapons into public buildings unless they had adequate security.