Gun lobby calling shots in Topeka

This week the Kansas Senate approved Senate Bill 45, which would prohibit the use of public funds to advocate for gun restrictions at the local, state or federal levels. The bill is being pushed by the National Rifle Association, the Kansas State Rifle Association and other gun-rights advocates. The groups are particularly annoyed that the Kansas Board of Regents has opposed efforts to allow guns on university campuses. Meanwhile, the House approved a bill that would require the state, cities, counties and townships to allow concealed-carry permit holders to carry guns in their buildings unless they have electronic equipment and officers to check for weapons at public entrances. The bill also would circumvent the Board of Regents and allow university presidents to designate employees who could carry concealed guns inside their facilities.