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Weapons policy amendments

On July 1, 2017, the exemption period expired for Kansas State University and other Kansas Board of Regents schools to prohibit the concealed carry of handguns into academic and residence halls. 

In order to be in compliance with state law (pdf), the Kansas Board of Regents approved a new weapons policy. This policy applies to all Regents institutions, but allows each university to determine some specific ways to implement the policy on its campus. The Regents approved K-State's policy on Dec. 14, 2016. Read the approved policy.

Timeline

2013:  Personal and Family Protection Act becomes law in Kansas.

2015:  New legislation allows concealed carry in Kansas without a permit.

October 2015:  Board of Regents develops weapons possession at state universities fact sheet (pdf).

October 26, 2015:  Board of Regents issues proposed amendments (pdf) to the Board of Regents policy on weapons possession.

November 2015: President Schulz forms Weapons Advisory Work Group.

November 13, 2015:  Weapons Advisory Work Group submits K-State’s response (pdf) to proposed amendments to the Board of Regents policy on weapons possession. 

January 20, 2016: Kansas Board of Regents approve amended weapons policy.

February 2016:  Weapons Advisory Subgroups formed and charged with making recommendations to the work group.

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Each subgroup is charged with making recommendations to the work group in response to following items:

  • Recommendations for a list of specific areas where it is necessary and feasible to restrict concealed carry.
    • Rationale for restricting concealed carry at those specific locations.
    • Would concealed carry be restricted temporarily or permanently?
    • What specific adequate security measures should be used — type of equipment, personnel, signage?
    • Any recommended provisions for the safe possession and storage of lawful concealed carry handguns.
  • General recommendations for how and where to report suspected violations of the university weapons policy.
  • General recommendations for how to notify faculty, staff and students regarding the university’s concealed carry policies.
  • General recommendations for the university to educate and train the campus community on firearm safety.

May 6, 2016:  Open forum to present subgroup recommendations.

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August 2016: Weapons Advisory Work Group submits draft university weapons policy to President’s Cabinet for review and input.

September 15, 2016:  Open forum to present and discuss the draft university weapons policy.

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Late September 2016: Weapons Advisory Work Group submits K-State weapons policy to President for review.

October 19, 2016:  Amended K-State weapons policy submitted to Kansas Board of Regents Governance Committee for review.

December 14, 2016:  Kansas Board of Regents approve K-State's revised weapons policy.

January 18, 2017:  Kansas Board of Regents approve amendments to the Board weapons possession policy. The two amendments allow universities to permit storage of lawful concealed carry handguns in additional secure places and allow possession of stun guns for self-defense purposes while prohibiting Taser-like weapons.

June 14, 2017:  Online weapons policy training module available to the campus community.

July 1, 2017:  Current exemption in state law for Kansas universities expires; concealed carry on campuses began. Review the University Weapons Policy.