Study To Be Presented On Conceal & Carry In Wichita City Buildings

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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Last month, Sedgwick County Commissioners passed a vote to allow people with a concealed carry permit to take their guns into all but 27 county buildings.

This move prompted Wichita City Council Member Michael O'Donnell to ask, "what about city owned buildings?"

"I'm a strong believer in the U.S. Constitution and the second amendment right. I feel it's very important in that the city shouldn't arbitrarily exclude people with concealed carry handguns to not come into city properties or buildings," said O'Donnell.

A dozen city staff members worked on a study that showed 111 city-owned buildings could allow concealed carry.

The list includes 82 park and recreation locations, 19 fire department buildings, four public work and utility locations, and six garages.

"Anytime that you loosen restrictions, that's a good thing. I do think that it needs to be looked over thoroughly. I don't want people carrying guns into mental institutions. I don't think people should be carrying, even concealed carry licensees, probably shouldn't be carrying into police stations," said Craig Godderz, lead instructor at Bullseye.

The study will be presented to the City Council members on Oct. 25.

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Guns could soon be allowed in some Wichita city buildings if the City Council passes an ordinance allowing conceal and carry license holders to take them inside.

The Wichita Police Department and the city manager's office plan to present City Council members with a list of buildings that anyone with a conceal and carry licenses, could enter with a gun.

Out of the 390 city owned buildings in Wichita, the workshop study released Friday, says concealed carry could be allowed in 111 of them.

The list includes 82 park and recreation locations, 19 fire department buildings, four public work and utility locations, and six garages.

Concealed carry could be prohibited in 279 buildings, including any building where court proceedings are held, buildings used by the City Council for meetings or public hearings, police stations, and several others.

The workshop study will be presented on October 25, and then it will be up to the Council to allow people with a conceal and carry license to take guns inside the approved buildings.


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