An effort to roll back a 2013 carry law is under way in Kansas.
Via the Kansas City Star:
Officials with the University of Kansas Health System made another effort Thursday to keep guns out of its buildings before a state law that would allow concealed weapons takes effect July 1.
Senate Bill 235, which had a hearing Thursday before the Senate budget committee, would allow Kansas’ state hospitals and public hospitals, like the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kan., to keep banning handguns.
The legislation is the latest attempt to change the state law after other attempts have failed to gain traction this session.
Bob Page, president and CEO of the University of Kansas Health System, said the law taking effect in July already is worrying patients. He said KU Hospital would be at a competitive disadvantage if it became the only hospital in the Kansas City area where concealed weapons are allowed.
“I’m cautiously optimistic,” Page said after the hearing about the bill’s chances.
Legislation passed in 2013 loosened gun laws and allowed concealed firearms in state and municipal buildings in Kansas, though the guns could be kept out if certain security measures were met.
But the bill gave certain places, like colleges and public hospitals, a four-year exemption to prepare for that provision to take effect. That exemption ends July 1.
Lawmakers revised gun laws again in 2015 to allow people 21 and older to carry concealed handguns without a permit. That led some lawmakers, educators and students to push for a rollback of the 2013 law.
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