Potential bill to repeal Kansas 'campus carry' gun law in the works

Published: Dec. 21, 2016 at 10:24 PM CST
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The battle surrounding guns on college campuses isn't over. A law allowing them on public universities in Kansas is set to go into effect July 1, 2017 but a group of Kansas lawmakers says it's ready to fight that law and get part of it repealed.

Republican state senator-elect Barbara Bollier said she and other lawmakers have a bill ready to go that would change the law and give universities the choice whether to allows on campus. She argues this is a public health issue and said she's heard from professors who said they would leave or retire early if guns were allowed.

"Personally I don't see this as a Republican or Democrat issue, public health is everybody's issue and that's where I come from on this," Bollier said.

But other lawmakers said the original campus carry law passed with a majority vote and that don't see a repeal effort going very far.

"I know the makeup of the chambers has changed slightly, but I don't think they've got enough votes to pass a repeal out of either chamber," said Republican house representative John Whitmer.

Bollier said she hopes to get this issue going once the legislature reconvenes in January.

Governor Sam Brownback released this statement about the potential bill repealing campus carry:

"I'm not inclined to think about that. I support Second Amendment rights, it's a constitutional right that people have. I think people are trying to put in appropriate measures to accompany it, but I've been a long and consistent supporter of Second Amendment rights and I'm not rethinking my support for the Second Amendment."