Kansas bill would require schools to allow shooting clubs

(KSNT File photo)

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Shooting clubs that use BB guns and other air guns could hold practices and competitions in schools under a Kansas bill.

The Wichita Eagle reports that the Weapon Free Schools Act would be amended so air guns wouldn’t be considered weapons. Schools also wouldn’t be able to prohibit organizations from conducting activities just because they “include the possession and use of air guns by the participants.”

Rep. Blake Carpenter, a Derby Republican, introduced the bill in response to a controversy in the Derby school district surrounding a shooting club. After operating at Oaklawn Elementary for 30 years, district leaders forced the club off campus.

The Derby BB Club’s founder, Larry Richardson, complained that the club never had an incident.

The Kansas Association of School Boards, however, raised liability concerns.


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