Kansas State University and other schools in the Regents system are preparing for the July 1st, 2017 implementation of the concealed carry law requiring them to open most of their buildings to firearms.
Earlier this fall, K-State President Richard Myers told the campus audience that he thinks concealed carry on campus is not a good idea and that it will negatively impact the university.
“It’s already had some impact on retention of faculty and probably others,” said Myers. “There are probably moms and dads that will say I’d prefer my son or daughter don’t live at a school where that’s permitted. I don’t know that there’s an educator in this state that doesn’t think it’s a bad idea, and that’s been broadcast to the Board of Regents.
“I’m not going to speak for them,” he added. “But in my interactions with them I don’t think they as a body think it’s a particularly good idea either.”
A draft amending the K-State weapons policy was submitted last month to the Kansas Board of Regents Governance Committee for review. Unless concealed carry is overturned before going effect, the university will be forced to allow those over 21 to carry a concealed firearm.
“It has to be on your body or in a bag,” Myers said. “If you’re in a lab or something…[it has to be] close to you at all times. Accidental reveal is one thing, but there could be pretty stiff penalties if you go around banishing your gun.”
If the law is enacted, Myers says the university will collect data to determine how the law is impacting the university.
“So as we have professors that leave or learning outcomes that are not what they should be and you can tie it to concealed carry then we ought to be documenting that so we have some facts at our fingers.”
A survey of faculty and staff at Regents schools showed a majority endorsed a prohibition on guns in all buildings, sporting events and open areas of campus. The survey also found that only 16 percent think that allowing concealed carry on campus will reduce crime.
Amendments to K-State’s weapons policy can be viewed on their website: