Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt denied a request from the University of Kansas to ban guns in “sensitive areas” on campus in preparation for the state’s new campus carry law that will be implemented next year.
While Kansas State University has already unveiled their new policies to comply with the law, KU has theirs remaining under wraps and is set to make them public later this fall. Via the Lawrence Journal-World:
KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little told the University Senate on Thursday that there are high-security labs and other areas on campus where firing a gun would be “disastrous” but that the attorney general has told KU it can’t make those places exceptions to state law.
KU and other state universities are currently drafting policies to implement a state law that requires allowing concealed guns on campus beginning in July 2017, with the exception of buildings with adequate security measures to keep all guns out, such as metal detectors or security guards.
Proposed policies have not yet been made public. The Kansas Board of Regents is slated to consider them at its October and November meetings.
In the meantime, a small committee of representatives from KU’s Lawrence and Medical Center campuses has been working on KU’s draft policy.
“In making the policy there were some things that we tried to include that had to have a review by the attorney general,” Gray-Little said. “We have not been given the go-ahead to include that,” she said of an effort to designate restricted areas, which has been suggested by a number of faculty members over the course of the past year.
Read more here.