Kan. lawmakers push to pass law allowing school employees to carry guns on campus
TOPEKA, Kan. — The deadly mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., has convinced the Kansas Senate to approve a bill allowing public school and college employees to carry a concealed weapon while on campus.
The idea drawing mixed support from college students. Some say it will make schools safer because employees will have the ability to stop attackers before police arrive. Others believe the measure is only a good idea if there is a special training session ahead of time, teaching these people how to properly use a gun in certain situations.
Lawmakers say prohibiting law-abiding citizens from carrying concealed weapons on campus is potentially devastating and the recent school shooting at Sandy Hook elementary proves it.
“Statistics make it very plain, the more guns you have in the hands of legal people, the less crime occurs,” said Kan. Senator Forrest Knox.
The bill also allows concealed carry permit holders to bring their weapons into any public building unless there is a security measure against it.
The Kansas House will vote on the bill before the end of May. If it passes, the bill will then head to the governor to be signed into law.