Amid concern for safety and well-being on campus, KU faculty are coming together to inform students and staff of any changes and how they will affect them. Associate Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication and former University Senate President Mike Williams and KU Chief of Police Chris Keary are working together to inform the campus community through a concealed carry information session held on February 15.
“The State Legislature believes that by having a weapon in your possession it allows you to control your own safety,” Williams said. “And so what we’re trying to do is meet the expectations of the state law and maintain a sense of stability in the campus.”
Concealed Carry laws are coming to the University of Kansas campuses once the Personal and Family Protection Act expires July 1, 2017. The current act exempts guns from being carried into buildings on campus.
Federal regulation also does not allow those with nonimmigrant visas from possessing firearms. Kansas law only allows concealed carry by those 21 or older. Thus, a significant number of the student body will not be legally allowed to carry a concealed handgun, according to the KU Office of the Provost.
The former University Senate President hopes to answer as many questions as possible as these sessions to continue to make KU a safe place to work, live and study.
You can watch Wednesday’s presentation here.