Public employees now can carry concealed weapons

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WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Public employees in Kansas now can carry concealed firearms while they’re on the job. A law to that effect was signed by Governor Sam Brownback during the recent legislative session.

The law does not require the employees to pass a gun safety class.

Under the law, the workers’ employer cannot ask whether the employee is carrying a concealed weapon, so there will be no way to track how many will choose to do so.

Wichitan Shelly Johnson is nervous about the new law, especially if the employee will be coming into her home.

“I don’t think they should be able to bring it in your house without your permission, or I don’t think it’s necessary for them to bring weapons into your own home,” said Johnson. “It could be a safety risk, because yeah, you’ve heard of accidents happening before.”

But, others think the law is needed.

“It’s an element of protection for them because they might go into a situation where it becomes a deterrent,” said Donald Hogg, who supports the law.

The City of Wichita does have some guidelines for complying with the law.

If residents feel uncomfortable with a city worker carrying a concealed weapon in their property, they can ask the employee to leave. That employee, by policy, then must call a supervisor to ask that someone else be sent to that location. The employee also can ask the homeowner if they can put the concealed weapon in their vehicle.

The city’s policy said, “The handgun must be locked in a secure and safe manner,” and, “The city is not liable for any incidents involving the discharge or misuse of a firearm, whether accidental or intentional since it was not issued by the city.”

Since the law went into effect on July first, the city is waiting to see how its employees and the community respond to the new law.

But, the city maintains it is complying with the law.

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