Kansas Bill: Public Employees Can Carry on the Job

If you work for the state of Kansas, or for a Kansas county or city, you will be able to carry a concealed weapon while on the job, according to a bill that passed the state House and Senate Sunday night.

This story from the Wichita Eagle says that the bill passed the Senate by a vote of 32 to 6, and then "sailed through the House" by a vote of 93 to 27 after merely five minutes of debate.

The law as it stands now, according to this report from WIBW in Topeka, lets public employees carry concealed firearms while at work. If the bill is signed by Governor Sam Brownback, those employees would also be allowed to carry when they travel to Kansas communities. School districts are exempted.

The story says that Department of Revenue employees and EMTs had contacted state senator Forrest Knox (R-Altoona) because they were concerned for their safety. "Public employers were, by policy, saying no, you can't carry when you're in the state car. They, by policy, were requiring their employees to be defenseless," Knox said in the report.

Kansas has seen many changes in gun laws recently. Last July, a law went into effect that allows residents 21 and over to carry a concealed weapon without a permit. Starting this summer, they can carry on all six state university campuses and dozens of community colleges and tech schools.