Johnson County exempt from conceal carry law to review county building security

JOHNSON COUNTY, Kan. - The new Personal and Family Protection Act in Kansas will become law in Kansas on July 1. But, the Johnson County commission took action on Thursday to maintain its ban on weapons in all county buildings.

The commission drafted a letter to the Kansas attorney general requesting 300 county buildings be excluded from the new law, which allows licensed gun owners to carry concealed weapons in county  buildings.

"The new concealed and carry law allows us to have an exemption for six months to review security of our buildings," Joe Waters, bureau chief and director of facilities in Johnson County, said. "To the general public, that means we will continue forbidding guns in all county buildings despite the new concealed carry law."

The exemption will end on Jan. 1, 2014. If, after a security review, county commissioners decide they do not want to allow concealed weapons in certain buildings, the county must present a plan to the state attorney general outlining security measures for those buildings.

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