November 29, 2023

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No Gun Incidents at K-State Since Campus Carry, Collegian Reports

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The Kansas State Collegian reports zero gun incidents at the K-State since a law allowing individuals to carry concealed weapons in public buildings took effect. Campus carry allows law-abiding citizens over the age of 21 to legally carry concealed weapons on campus.

While mainstream media is featuring a macabre countdown awaiting death and destruction from legally carried weapons on campus, the student-run newspaper at K-State offers a factual and fair examination of the policy.

The doors of most buildings on state university campuses in Kansas once bore “guns prohibited” signs, but a new law allows those over the age of 21 to legally carry concealed weapons in most public buildings.

The student reporter spoke to campus police officials who said there have been no incidents related to the new policy at Kansas State.

“The only noticeably changes at K-State have come in the form of the door signs and new policy web pages,” the story reads.

Prior to the law’s enactment, a K-State student was injured in an accidental shooting on campus. Last January, a 19-year-old accidentally shot and wounded himself in his dorm room. At the time, the university prohibited firearms on campus. Under the current law, the student is too young to legally carry a gun on campus.

Though K-State is gun-incident free since campus carry, the same cannot be said for the University of Kansas. A student found an unattended gun in a KU bathroom. Police later learned the weapon was reported stolen. Meanwhile, a KU film studies professor is wearing a bullet-proof vest everyday in protest of the new law.



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