Gov. Sam Brownback has signed into law a bill that loosens restrictions on carrying concealed weapons into public buildings. Will there be guns on the Fort Hays State campus? In February, the FHSU Student Government Association approved a resolution opposing any measure that would allow concealed carry weapons on campus.
Kent Steward, Director of University Relations at FHSU told Eagle News, “The new law is going to affect us but we don’t know how yet. It will be determined at the Regent level.”
The law, which takes effect July 1, permits universities, community colleges and technical colleges to prohibit concealed guns in their buildings for another four years, but they have to show that they have adequate security in their buildings on campus.
Some state education officials have expressed strong opposition to allowing concealed weapons on campuses. If the regents intend to maintain the no-guns policy for state universities indefinitely, they’d have to lobby lawmakers to rewrite the law. The Kansas Board of Regents is reportedly studying both sides of the important and controversial issue.