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New bill would pre-empt concealed-carry regulations devised by KU and other schools

March 10, 2017

Lawrence Journal-World

Peter Hancock

March 9, 2017-

— Pushing back against what they claim are unreasonable regulations on concealed-carry rights that the University of Kansas and other Regents institutions plan to implement on July 1, gun rights advocates have introduced a new bill in the Legislature that would prohibit public colleges and universities from enacting any limitations. Officials from KU and the Kansas Board of Regents, however, said individual schools should be allowed to adopt their own policies. And one KU professor said even the current law is already driving top-level high-tech research projects out of the state.

The House Federal and State Affairs Committee heard testimony Thursday on a new bill that would pre-empt regulations that limit how and where people must store weapons, how weapons can be carried, and whether having a round of ammunition in the chamber of a gun is allowed while it’s being carried on campus. National Rifle Association lobbyist Travis Couture-Lovelady, a former state legislator, said a number of schools are preparing to adopt what he considers to be unreasonable limitations. But he singled out KU as being the most egregious.

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