Kansas Senate committee approves bill to ban guns from some state hospitals
By Andrew Shepperson
The Kansas Senate Ways and Means Committee advanced a bill Tuesday that would ban concealed guns from certain public health care facilities in the state.
The Topeka Captial-Journal reported the committee removed from House Bill 2278 an amendment that would have allowed lawful gun owners with concealed carry permits to carry firearms into Larned State Hospital, Osawatomie State Hospital, Parsons State Hospital and Kansas Neurological Institute in Topeka.
After removing the amendment, the bill now would essentially prohibit firearms from the four listed hospitals, as well as University of Kansas Health System facilities, community mental health facilities and adult care homes.
If the measure is not passed and signed by Gov. Sam Brownback, those buildings will have to either install metal detectors and post security guards at entrances by July 1 or allow concealed carry.
Democrat Sen. Tom Hawk said the bill does not go far enough and has called to broaden the measure to ban firearms from buildings at public universities.
“It’s clear that it’s dangerous to have people who are in a mental hospital carrying a weapon,” Hawk said. “I still would argue strongly, if we were in a saner moment and we collectively, as I choose to do, refuse to be afraid of any