Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Brownback Defends New Law Allowing Concealed Carry on College Campuses ; Public Universities Have until Mid-2017 to Comply

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Brownback Defends New Law Allowing Concealed Carry on College Campuses ; Public Universities Have until Mid-2017 to Comply

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Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback says he isn't second-guessing a new state law that would require college campuses to allow concealed weapons, calling it a constitutional right.

Kansas lawmakers passed and Brownback signed into law in 2013 a bill mandating that concealed weapons be allowed in nearly all public buildings unless they have security measures including metal detectors -- an option broadly considered cost-prohibitive. Public colleges and universities were given until mid-2017 to comply.

The University of Kansas' chancellor and 70 of that school's distinguished professors publicly have spoken out against the law, along with faculty at Kansas State University and other institutions.

But Brownback, a Republican, told the Lawrence Journal-World during a recent interview that the matter is "a Second Amendment right."

"Some people would look at some things I suppose under any constitutional right and question it, but it remains a constitutional right," he said, adding that he doesn't believe imposing restrictions on gun rights improves public safety. …

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