On July 1, 2017, concealed carry of firearms - without permit or training - will be allowed on all public college and university campuses in Kansas. Kansas Against Campus Carry is a statewide network of students, faculty and staff, parents and grandparents, and public health and law enforcement officials, working to repeal that law.
When last we checked in on the campus carry debate, a “hospital only” bill, S Sub for HB 2278, was coming to the Senate floor, and we asked you to ask your senators to include campuses in the bill. Then, the bill was referred back to committee. Yesterday, it came back to the floor.
The Kansas Legislature is on a three-week break so it's a good time to check in and let you know where we are with #FailCampusCarry.Read more
The answer, unfortunately, is: nowhere.
We've been watching the session tick by with no real action on preventing guns from coming onto campuses, hospitals and community mental centers on July 1st. A couple of bills got out of committee that would be considered "germane" - close enough in subject matter to amend to cover the measures we want - but House leadership hasn't allowed them to come to a discussion or vote on the floor.
Today House minority leader Jim Ward introduced a procedural motion to bring one of these bills, HB 2042 "above the line" for a floor discussion and vote. This means that it would be able to be amended. The motion requires 63 votes and would make this bill the first discussed during the session tomorrow.
So today is the day: Call your House member's office today, right now, and ask them to a) vote to bring HB 2042 "above the line," and b) vote for any amendments that are introduced to stop campus carry.
To figure out who your legislator is and how to contact them visit ksleglookup.org.
Thanks so much for doing what you can to help us #FailCampusCarry
We're finally seeing some action on the campus carry issue in the Kansas House. The bill we preferred has been blocked in committee for some time, so we've been waiting for another bill to get out of committee that would be considered "germane" to amend on the floor.Read more