Kansas senator defends concealed carry law

A Kansas senator says more guns will mean a safer state.

Senator Forrest Knox says if you put guns in the hands of law-abiding Kansans, crime in the state would decrease.

“There’s nothing evil about guns, and we shouldn’t restrict the liberties of Americans and Kansans because of a few people use such things to commit crimes,” Knox says.

Starting July 1st a new law goes into effect that increases the number of public buildings where Kansans can carry concealed handguns.

“There is nothing statistically that says if you allow conceal and carry that that increases your liability risk, it’s the other way around,” says Knox.

There are some exceptions, K-12 public schools are exempt from this law as well as state schools for the deaf and blind.

Local governments are allowed a 6-month exemption and certain places, like public hospitals and colleges can get a 4-year exemption. After that, any building that doesn’t allow concealed carry must come up with a security plan.

“Public authorities need to be concerned about liability issues that they raise when they deny my right to carry concealed and yet they provide no security,” Knox says.

He adds with this law, Kansans don’t just have a means to protect themselves.

“They have a means to stop crimes,” he adds.

Last week, Shawnee County Commissioners voted for a 6-month extension to make a decision if they want to allow guns in public buildings. Commissioners are set to make another decision on the issue in the beginning of 2014.

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