May 27, 2022

Kansas: Library Gun Ban Bill Fails

From KMBZ Radio:

 A Kansas City lawmaker’s attempt to keep guns out of libraries has failed.

Senator Pat Pettey, of KCK, introduced an amendment to House Bill 447.

Pettey, a Democrat, wanted to carve out special rules for libraries and community centers.

She told KMBZ that, as of 2017, these facilities will not be able to prohibit concealed weapons on their campus unless they have a metal detector. Pettey said, “What I found out in my research is that this is a very costly request”.

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See Also: Kansas Senate approves bill prohibiting municipalities from passing weapons regulations (via Eagle)

The Senate passed the bill after shooting down an amendment by Sen. Pat Pettey, D-Kansas City, that would have allowed local governments to regulate weapons carrying in public libraries, community centers and mental-health centers.

Pettey argued that the decision of whether to allow weapons in such facilities should be left up to local communities.

Libraries especially are community gathering places, serving patrons from birth to death, she said.

“Not unlike schools, they (librarians) don’t think lethal weapons should be allowed in that environment,” she said.

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