Schmidt releases proposed open-carry signage

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TOPEKA – (June 20, 2014) – On Friday morning Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt released his proposal for signage that may be used to restrict the carrying of firearms – open, concealed or both – into buildings, in compliance with a new law passed by the Kansas Legislature earlier this year.

“After consulting with representatives of affected groups, and gathering their input, our office is proposing a set of signs that will make clear to gun owners what is and isn’t allowed in individual buildings,” Schmidt said. “The stakeholders asked for the signs to be as simple and clear as possible and also wanted to minimize the need for buildings already posted with a no-guns sign to change their existing signage. We believe these signs accomplish that and comply with the legislature’s intent.”

The signs do not have the force of law yet. Along with other temporary regulations, the proposed signs were submitted  to the State Rules and Regulations Board for approval this week. If approved, the regulations would take effect beginning July 1. Schmidt also submitted proposed permanent regulations adopting the signs. The public will have the opportunity to comment on the proposed permanent regulations for at least 60 days. A public hearing on the proposed permanent regulations will also be announced at a later time.

The proposed signs and regulations are available on the attorney general’s website at www.ag.ks.gov.

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