Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

New Bill Would Make Abandoning Gun a Crime

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

New Bill Would Make Abandoning Gun a Crime

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The Associated Press

LAWRENCE -- A Kansas lawmaker wants to make it a crime to abandon a firearm in a public place, a measure spurred in part by a scare on the University of Kansas campus.

The Lawrence Journal-World reported that Democratic Rep. Boog Highberger, of Lawrence, pre-filed the bill Dec. 28 for the legislative session that starts Monday.

In September, a KU student found a loaded handgun that had been left in a bathroom stall. Authorities determined the gun had been stolen.

During the 2017 legislative session, Rep. Willie Dove, a Republican from Bonner Springs, inadvertently left a loaded handgun in a committee room.

Highberger said his concern is college campuses.

"My understanding is we're the only state in the country now that allows concealed-carry on campus without training or a permit, and I think that's got a potential to cause some real problems, as we've already had at least one incident," Highberger said. …

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