The Wichita City Hall voted this week to allow citizens to bring concealed guns into 111 city-owned buildings, reports the city’s Eagle. The vote was 4-3 along party lines, with Democrats strongly opposed and Republicans in support of the ordinance.
The state legalized the carrying of concealed weapons six years ago, allowing each city to form its own ordinance. Wichita had originally banned guns in all of the 392 city-owned buildings. But after the vote, 111 buildings will allow concealed weapons, including 82 parks and recreation facilities, 19 fire stations, four public works facilities and six garages. Mayor Carl Brewer, Vice Mayor Lavonta Williams and City Council member Janet Miller pushed for a public hearing on the issue, to no avail.