In Kansas House, effort to roll back campus carry fails

Apr 6, 2017

Credit Kansas City Star

This week Democrats in the Kansas House of Representatives attempted to roll back a law that allows concealed weapons to be carried on college campuses across the state.

As The Kansas City Star reports, the effort was ultimately derailed because moderate Republicans decided to side with their colleagues on the right rather than cross the aisle. The law, which was instituted in 2013, allows handguns in most public buildings in Kansas, including college and university buildings.

House Minority Leader Jim Ward, tried to use a procedural move that would have allowed the campus carry law to be openly debated on the floor. But the House didn’t even want to debate the matter, and the attempt failed by a vote of 44-81.

Only four Republicans voted with Democrats to open up the gun bill for debate.