Wichita Seeks Exemption From New State Gun Law

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The Wichita City Council is requesting an exemption from the state's new concealed carry law.

The law which goes into effect July 1, would allow permit holders to take handguns into city buildings unless they have "adequate security measures."

The council voted, 5-2, for the resolution asking for the six-month exemption. Council members Jeff Longwell and Jeff Blubaugh voted no.

"I want to make sure that law abiding citizens that choose to obey the laws and follow the rules, are not regulated further and taken away their rights," said Blubaugh.

City staff will have until January 1, 2014 to complete a security plan for each building currently prohibiting concealed carry permit holders from carrying handguns in public buildings and facilities.

If the City initiates steps to place adequate security measures at all city building, the estimated cost would be approximately $1 million for equipment and annually $14.5 million in personnel costs.

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