Wichita school board to vote on guns in schools

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – Wichita school board members will consider banning firearms from school district buildings or district-owned vehicles, except by law enforcement officers.

The Wichita Eagle reports  the proposed policy is a response to new state legislation that changes concealed carry in public buildings. The new policy set for board consideration Monday would clarify that Wichita schools are gun-free zones.

A new law passed by legislators makes it legal for public employees with security access cards to carry firearms into workplaces even if those workplaces are posted as no-gun areas. The law goes into effect July 1, and leaves it to employers to use their own rules to discipline people who violate workplace policy.

Current state law prevents anyone other than law enforcement officers from carrying a gun into a school.

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