Counties asking for more time to comply with new Kansas gun laws

PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan. - Call it a sign of the times across Kansas.

Today, as a new gun law goes into effect across the state, many towns and counties are responding by asking for more time to comply with the law, and hanging new, temporary "no guns allowed" signs on their public buildings.

The law, signed in April and effective July 1, tells Kansas communities they must either allow licensed concealed weapons into public buildings or provide adequate security measures to keep all guns out.

City councils and local police forces have grappled with what adequate security would mean.

"Are you going to also x-ray everybody's brief case coming in? Are you just going to go through a scanner? You're talking about several hundred thousand dollars in order to meet those types of security requirements," Wes Jordan, police chief in Prairie Village, said.

Many municipalities, including Prairie Village and Johnson County, will take a six month exemption from the law to study their options.

Others, like 6,800 person Roeland Park, recognized that any option other than opening up all their public buildings would be just too expensive.

Their "no guns allowed" signs have since all been removed.

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