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.
Now it looks like there are a couple of options: in one, the base bill would indemnify government entities (primarily municipalities) against liability for injuries or damages caused by employees whom they, the municipalities, have been forced to allow to concealed carry on the job by previous action of the state legislature (HB 2081). The other has to do with reciprocal recognition by other states of Kansas concealed carry licenses (HB 2042).
But that's not what's important. What's important is that these bills will now go to the House floor, where they are eligible for amendment on the separate but related issues of concealed carry on campuses and in hospitals.
We expect many amendments to both of these bills - both from our side and from the gun lobby, which sees the meager restrictions proposed on campus carry by the universities and approved by the Regents so far, as too much for them.
So it's time to call your representatives! The message is simple: we don't want guns on college and university campuses! We would like a clean vote on the repeal of the exemption date, but it's not clear right now if we're going to get one. We want our legislators to vote for any amendment that would delay or repeal the July 1 deadline, but not at the cost of other gun proliferation policies, such as lowering the carry age to 18.
If you don't know who your legislator is, you can find them and their contact information at ksleglookup.org. Please try to make this call (or write this email) today or tomorrow - something might be coming to the floor on Wednesday.
We'll keep you posted as things develop.