Discussion begins on new ‘No Guns Allowed’ signs

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – A new gun law allowing open carry throughout the state could mean changes for those “No Guns Allowed” signs on Kansas buildings.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt put together a round table to talk about what changes to make to the signs.

One idea is to create a new sign where business owners can show if people can bring in concealed weapons but not open carry, or it can be done the other way around.

Representatives from Kansas counties, private businesses and gun advocates voiced their opinions at the meeting.

Schmidt says the current sign used will stay but the ideas put together for additional ones are promising.

“The concept is simple but the application becomes more complicated because there are also signage requirements in the law to exclude concealed carry and their different from open carry, so you get different possibilities,” says Schmidt.

The open carry law will take effect on July 1st and it bars cities and counties from regulating firearms and ensures open carry statewide.

Schmidt says it will be weeks before a decision is made on the new signs.

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gun-rights advocates and others want the Kansas attorney general’s office to keep the signs simple for businesses and groups that want to bar firearms from their premises.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports (http://bit.ly/1nvBh55 ) that Attorney General Derek Schmidt met Wednesday with gun-rights advocates and business and local government representatives.

A state law taking effect in July makes the open carrying of guns legal across the state. But businesses and groups still will be able to ban both concealed and unconcealed guns from their premises if they post signs.

The attorney general’s office will determine what goes on the signs.

The group agreed there should be one sign for banning all guns inside a building. Much of the discussion centered on businesses that would ban concealed guns but not openly carried ones.

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Information from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, http://www.ljworld.com

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