Conceal and carry allowed in public facilities
By CHASE JORDAN
The Daily Union
CHAPMAN — A new law will allow people to carry their guns into the public facilities in Chapman.
In order to stop it, city officials would have to install metal detectors and have guards monitor them.
“Basically, we’re not going to be able to afford that,” said City Manager Gerald Bieker during a City Council meeting Wednesday.
Kansas House Bill 2052, which goes into affect July 1, allows people with conceal-and-carry permits to carry guns into public buildings such as the courthouse and county offices, if there are no metal detectors or security guards at entrances.
City Attorney Doug Thompson said the purpose of the law is to ensure permit carriers that “the crooks have not come in with a gun.”
“Every municipality and every district is facing the same questions that this city is,” Thompson said.
Municipalities are allowed to apply for an extension by submitting a letter to prepare a safety plan to verify that no one has weapons. It gives them until Jan. 1 2014.
“I’m not even convinced that we should apply for the extension because we’re just extending the inevitable,” Bieker said.
The bill also allows employees to bring their weapons. Through the law, Bieker said the city’s handbook language must state employees cannot carry when they are on the job.
Along with others, City Councilman Dale Nelson does not agree with employees carrying guns while working.
“All of a sudden, it become the city’s responsibility and I don’t like that idea,” Nelson said. “Otherwise, if they’re an individual and they do something dumb, then it’s on them.”
In his opinion, Bieker said it was ridiculous legislation.
“It’s something we have to address and deal with,” Bieker said.