Kansas gun law, impact on Wichita in spotlight

gun3Kansas’ new gun law and its impact on Wichita were featured in a New York Times article last weekend. The Legislature passed a law last year that allows local governments to prohibit concealed guns in public buildings only if they provide adequate security, such as metal detectors and security guards. “There is no municipality in the state of Kansas that can afford those infrastructure costs,” complained Wichita City Council member Janet Miller. Because of cost and liability concerns, the City Council voted last month to allow concealed-carry permit holders to bring guns into most city buildings, including libraries and recreation centers. Kansas and Nevada are the only states forcing local governments to either provide security or allow guns, the Times reported.