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Kansas attorney general proposes new signage clarifying gun-carrying rules

By Dion Lefler

The Wichita Eagle

(MCT) The Kansas attorney general has proposed some new signs to help local governments and business people clarify whether and how they allow weapons to be carried on their premises.

The new signs are in response to House Bill 2578, a state law passed this year.

The new law requires businesses that don't allow concealed carry, open carry or both to post signs on their buildings warning patrons of that fact.

It also requires signs at government buildings that are permanently or temporarily exempt from a 2013 state law that generally mandates cities and counties to allow permit holders to carry their concealed weapons inside.

The signs revealed by Attorney General Derek Schmidt on Friday account for all those scenarios.

--If a private business doesn't allow any gun carrying, the current sign, with the silhouette of a pistol with a red circle and slash mark, will suffice.

--If a business allows open carry but not concealed carry, the sign should have the pistol and red-slash logo and the wording: "Open carry allowed. Concealed carry prohibited."

--If a business allows concealed carry but not open carry, then it would post an octagonal sign bordered in red reading: "The open carrying of firearms in this building is prohibited."

--Signs for government buildings are similar but would also have to carry the following disclaimer where gun carrying is regulated: "State or Municipal Building exempt. On and after July 1, 2013, persons licensed to carry concealed handguns under the Personal and Family Protection Act are prohibited from carrying concealed handguns within this state or municipal building because either a temporary exemption or adequate security measures are in place pursuant to K.S.A. 2013 Supp. 75-7c20."

Schmidt plans to take the new designs to the state Rules and Regulations Board within the next week.

If he gets board approval, the new signage will take effect July 1 as temporary regulations.

The attorney general's office will then follow up with a public comment and hearing period of at least 60 days. The schedule for hearings has not yet been set.

To see examples of the signs, go to www.ag.ks.gov/public-safety/concealedcarry/2014-proposed-signage.

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