Skip to comments.Police oppose measure allowing guns in public buildings
Posted on 01/27/2012 11:13:12 AM PST by marktwain
TOPEKA -- Police chiefs from nine Kansas universities and colleges Thursday came out against a measure that would allow concealed handguns in government buildings.
We are absolutely convinced the risk created by firearms on campus exceeds any actual benefit for self-protection, said Richard Johnson, chief of police at the University of Kansas Medical Center. It is our professional conviction that firearms do not enhance university security, but will contradict many of the best practices already in place.
Johnson represented a group that included police chiefs from the University of Kansas, Kansas State University, Wichita State, Pittsburg State, Johnson County Community College and Kansas City Kansas Community College.
They appeared before a legislative committee that concluded two days of hearings on a bill that would allow people authorized to carry concealed handguns to take their weapons into a wide range of state and local government buildings.
In Missouri, the law currently bans concealed weapons in courthouses, schools, arenas, stadiums, riverboat casinos and meetings of governmental bodies, unless the carrier is a member of that body.
Supporters of the proposed Kansas law argue that they are trying to preserve Second Amendment rights of Kansans to carry guns while also giving them the ability to protect themselves.
I do think the fundamental Second Amendment right to protect myself cant be abridged, said state Rep. John Rubin, a Shawnee Republican. It is unrealistic to presume that people are safe in public buildings and university campus buildings just because there is a sign posted on the door that says concealed carry is not permitted.
There are 39,377 people who are licensed to carry concealed handguns in Kansas, including 6,760 in Johnson County and 1,700 in Wyandotte County. Public buildings with security measures in place to keep guns off the premises would be exempted from the
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If the Chief believes that, then he should disarm all his officers.
Of course, this is about much more than a tiny risk one way or another. It is about the rule of law and Constitutional rights, which far outweigh such minor local risks.
I think the good chief is referring to the protection of his officers.
Everybody else is just cannon-fodder.
We are absolutely convinced the risk created by firearms on campus exceeds any actual benefit for self-protection,
Just another reason that I’m absolutely convinced there’s no reason to subject myself to setting foot on another libtard campus. EVER.
My response to the police chief would have been as follows: "Wow. That's a powerful statement, chief. Perhaps you can convince me, too. Please provide me with the specific, factual data and/or information which led you to become so convinced."
Not hardly, he's concerned about the protection of his fat job. He's appointed by the local Marxists.
That is an emotional, hysterical statement that should result in the Chief losing his right to wear a badge.
Substitute the word "negroes" for firearms and you will see his true colors.
Yeah, we learned everything we need to know about "professional opinions" from Clarence Dupnik, you apparatchik jackass.
There are 4 college campii within a short drive of where I work. I will drive extra miles do that I do not even go near them. If they want it to be a gun-free zone, then by God, let'm have their criminal-rich zone.
These are the same Police Chiefs that predicted “blood in the streets” if the “shall-issue concealed carry permit law” was passed.
Me thinks they lack credibility.