Tuesday, July 7, 2009
A new Kansas law allows prosecutors to carry concealed guns into court buildings and courtrooms if officials allow it.
But in at least a few counties, officials are saying no.
A 2006 law allows Kansans to obtain permits to carry concealed weapons, but that law bans such weapons in court buildings. The new law makes an exception for federal and county prosecutors and for the attorney general's staff.
But it also allows counties to opt out. Officials in Johnson and Shawnee counties have banned guns in their courtrooms.
And Wyandotte County District Attorney Jerome Gorman says that his staff won't be taking guns into courtrooms.
Supporters of the new law believe it will allow prosecutors to protect themselves.