Concealed carry in Topeka and Shawnee County Library


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The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library is weighing its options when it comes to the cost of not allowing concealed carry holders to bring their guns into their reading rooms.

As other public institutions consider the impact of not allowing concealed weapons, the library board of directors sat down to discuss three very expensive options.

The first would require an armed, off-duty police officer at one entrance for all library open hours.  The cost would be nearly $137,000.  Equipment and remodeling would be more than $233,000.

Option two would be to place two full time library staff in charge of security, that comes at a total cost of $246,490.

The third and final option would be for five part-time positions at a cost of $182,509.

Many library patrons seem confused by the new concealed carry law, but if it’s necessary, they’ll support metal detectors in the building.


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