Kansas’ public universities will allow concealed carry on their campuses starting July 1, 2017, according to ABC News. Stun guns – but not tasers – will also be allowed.
Back in 2013, Governor Sam Brownback passed a law stating that the concealed carry of handguns must be permitted in all public buildings. Public colleges and universities were exempt from the law until July 2017, if they so chose.
On Wednesday, the Kansas Board of Regents finally approved a number of policies on how its six public universities will implement the 2013 law next year.
The rules are as follows: Anyone planning to carry a concealed weapon on campus, including students, faculty, staff and visitors, must be over the age of 21. The person cannot carry if they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, mentally ill, or have been convicted of a felony.
The person must have the gun on them at all times, when it is not being used. This means the gun must be kept in a holster, or, if the firearm is in a backpack or purse, the bag must be on the person at all times.
Guns cannot be stored in any classroom, office or other university facility. They cannot be stored in vehicles, either. Handguns can be kept in residential halls, but only in the owner’s own room.
The policies state that the safety must always be on, as well.
According to ABC News, there will still be restricted areas on campus where these weapons are not allowed. These include non-public areas, or areas that require key cards or special codes for access, such as the nuclear reactor at Kansas State University.
It is important to note that Kansas is one of 11 states that currently allows constitutional carry, meaning those who want to carry a concealed weapon do not need a permit or have to undergo any sort of firearm training.