Bill to ban guns from some state hospitals sputters in Kansas Senate
By Andrew Shepperson
A bill that would ban guns from some state hospitals was debated and then sent back to committee in the Kansas Senate Tuesday.
The Wichita Eagle reported lawmakers had amended the measure, House Bill 2278, to allow concealed carry permit holders to carry firearms into hospitals and prohibit psychiatric patients from possessing them.
Instead of voting upon the amended version of the bill, lawmakers chose to send it back to the Senate’s budget committee to try and reach a comprise.
Unless the Kansas Legislature passes the bill and Gov. Sam Brownback signs it into law, public hospitals, state psychiatric hospitals, and college campuses will have to allow guns starting on July 1, unless those facilities install metal detectors and post security guards at entrances.
At the time of sending the bill back to committee, senators were reportedly debating another proposed amendment that would have allowed Wichita State University, the University of Kansas and Kansas State University to continue prohibiting guns after July 1.
Republican Sen. Carolyn McGinn, who chairs the committee, said the committee could meet as soon as Wednesday if lawmakers reach a compromise.
“We have a great deal of people that define the Second Amendment as having the ability to take guns anywhere, even in our mental health hospitals,”