Many prospective higher education students attending the Shawnee Mission College Clinic on Wednesday learned about more than what college life on various Kansas campuses looks like. They also learned about how legislation signed in 2013 will impact students’ ability to carry guns on campus starting in 2017.
Members of the Northeast Kansas Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence were on hand at the event distributing fliers intended to educate potential Kansas college students about the likelihood that colleges will not be able to prevent students from carrying firearms into the classroom starting in a year and a half. Here’s the text from the flier they handed out:
We believe state gun policies that pose hazards for students should be considered when selecting a college. Starting in 2017, Kansas will join eight other states that allow students to carry concealed guns on public university campuses. Students will be able to take weapons into any campus building lacking security personnel and costly metal detection equipment at every entrance. The Legislature is cutting college funding, so it is highly unlikely money for such equipment and personnel is forthcoming.
Also consider that because of a law OK’d by the Legislature this year, Kansas no longer requires either a permit or safety training to carry concealed weapons.
If policies like these concern you, be aware that the other states allowing student gun carrying on campus include: Colorado, Idaho, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin.
And if you oppose gun carrying on Kansas campuses, tell your legislators to change the law.
Loren Stanton, a Prairie Village resident who helped found the local Brady Campaign chapter, said the group had handed out the fliers at the Shawnee Mission College Clinic and the KC Metro College Expo held at the OP Convention Center earlier this week.
“We think it’s vital that all parents and students be aware of state gun policies allowing guns on campuses so they can take that into consideration when deciding on a college,” Stanton said. “While some parents might believe young people toting guns into classrooms is a good idea, we’re convinced most parents find that worrisome and downright alarming. The policy also poses a real danger that the state could lose potential students because they and/or their parents rightly worry about the obvious safety issues involved.”
Stanton said the group also spoke directly with representatives of Kansas universities at the event in hopes that they would communicate their concerns to administrators.