Some judges and a major school insurance firm are concerned about a more liberal concealed-carry gun law that takes effect in the state July 1, reports the Topeka Capital-Journal. The chief advocate of the law, Republican Sen. Forrest Knox, says they needn’t be. Knox, a longtime champion of repeal of conceal-carry prohibitions, spoke to the press about the new law.
The only facilities specifically exempted from the law were K-12 public schools and the state schools for the deaf and blind. Knox said some district court chief judges are contemplating options for keeping concealed guns out of courthouses. In addition, EMC Insurance Companies, the main insurer of schools in Kansas, declared it wouldn’t cover districts that allow teachers or staff to carry concealed weapons in schools. The law gives municipalities a six-month exemption to develop a security plan. State universities, medical care facilities and community mental health centers, can receive a four-year exemption.