While some Kansans are eager to get a license to carry a concealed gun, many businesses are anxious to get signs to prohibit guns on their premises, reports the Lawrence (Ks.) Journal-World. The law that will allow Kansans to get permits for concealed guns takes effect tomorrow; the first permits won't be issued for six months, on Jan. 1, 2007. The state is preparing for what is expected to be thousands of people applying for concealed carry licenses.
Applicants must take an eight-hour course on firearms safety. It includes the basics of gun safety, marksmanship and maintenance, as well as the use of deadly force. Businesses may post signs to prohibit concealed guns on their properties. People would not be allowed to carry concealed weapons in school buildings, law and government buildings, drinking establishments, colleges, day care centers, and religious buildings. Jeff Howlett, owner of Kansas Firearms Specialties in Tonganoxie, said legal safeguards would prevent licenses from being issued to someone who might be unstable or dangerous. Criminals will be armed, he said, and if a business has a sign prohibiting guns, “what that tells people is that this is an undefended place.”