Kansas Governor lets bill banning guns at state hospitals become law
By Andrew Shepperson
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (Photo: Getty Images)
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback let a bill become law Thursday that will prohibit the carrying of guns into state hospitals.
The Topeka Capital-Journal reported the governor allowed the measure, House Bill 2278, to become law without his signature.
The legislation will essentially allow the University of Kansas Health System, state mental hospitals, some community health centers and state adult care facilities to continue banning guns on their premises.
If the bill was vetoed, state hospitals would have had to either install metal detectors and post security guards at entrances or allow lawful gun owners to carry firearms into their buildings starting July 1.
In a statement regarding the bill’s enactment, Brownback noted he had tried to forge a compromise that would have been more favorable toward gun rights advocates, but that ultimately was rejected by representatives of the health care facilities.
“Nevertheless, this bill does appropriately address safety concerns at state mental health hospitals,” Brownback said. “As a result, I will permit House Bill 2278 to become law without my signature.”
Gun control group Moms Demand Action cheered the bill’s enactment, saying the legislation was aimed to protect the public’s safety.
“Kansas hospitals and mental health centers can now continue to focus on treating their patients without having