Kansas lawmaker wants abandoning a guns to be criminal

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -

A Kansas lawmaker wants to make it a crime to abandon a firearm in a public place.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports that Democratic Rep. Boog Highberger of Lawrence pre-filed the bill Dec. 28 for the legislative session that begins Monday. The proposed bill would make it a misdemeanor to leave a firearm in a public place where it would be accessible to someone other than the owner.

The legislation was brought on by an incident at on the University of Kansas campus. In September, a KU student found a loaded handgun that had been left in a bathroom stall. Police later determined the gun had been stolen. Lawmakers passed bill allowing concealed handguns to be carried in most government buildings, including college campus buildings.

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