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Kansas House Committee Debates Concealed Guns in Hospitals

Associated Press - February 14, 2017 12:53 pm

A Kansas House committee is considering a proposal to keep concealed guns out of public hospitals, mental health clinics and nursing homes.

The Federal and State Affairs Committee took up a bill Tuesday that would allow the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas, to continue barring concealed weapons.

A state law will require the medical center and other hospitals to allow concealed weapons in their buildings starting in July unless they have adequate security measures such as guards or metal detectors.

Committee Chairman and Abilene Republican John Barker offered an amendment to allow all public hospitals, mental health clinics and nursing homes to ban concealed guns.

The committee did not finish its debate Tuesday. It plans to continue its discussion and take votes Wednesday.

Larry Elmquist

February 14, 2017 at 5:15 pm

It’s refreshing to learn that the legislature finally bumped up against their stupid ceiling.

Barry Hirsh

February 16, 2017 at 12:24 am

Please explain why carry in a hospital (aside from in mental wards) would incur any more risk than, say, in a Publix or Piggly Wiggly?

Gun-free zones are ridiculous, and are the most dangerous places of all.

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