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Most Shawnee Co. buildings will allow guns

Published on -12/13/2013, 7:55 AM

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Concealed guns will likely be allowed in nearly all public buildings in Shawnee County, beginning Jan. 1.

The Shawnee County Commission on Monday will consider asking Attorney General Derek Schmidt to exempt only the county courthouse and three health agency buildings from allowing concealed guns.

More than 80 other county-owned buildings will allow the weapons.

County counselor Rich Eckert says it is too expensive to provide adequate security at the other buildings, and citizens have a right to carry concealed weapons.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1bKJYk5 ) the exemption letters are on the commission's consent agenda, which usually is passed without discussion.

A state law that allows concealed weapons in public buildings took effect July 1. Local governments were able to seek exemptions for some buildings, if they had adequate security.

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