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New conceal carry law worries Pittsburg library staff and visitors

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House Bill 2052 will allow Kansans to carry guns into public places, including many spots with children like the library and at the public pool.  Individual city's have an option to file an exemption with the attorney general's office.  If a city does receive exemptions those exemptions will expire at the end of the year.

"We just had over 100 kids come to the magic show in the library and we want this to be a safe place," says Pittsburg Public Library Director Deb Clarkson.

Clarkson says the new law supersedes its current policy banning firearms or other weapons inside the building.

"It is against library policy to bring firearms into the building and we're trying to keep it that way," says Clarkson.  "We would have to take the no gun stickers off our doors and follow along with the law.  We have no choice."

Library visitors we spoke with say it's one thing to conceal and carry, but another thing to conceal and carry inside the public library.

"I don't want to bring my kids here and wonder who's walking around with guns," says Kristen Humphrey.  "I think it's unnecessary.  I don't think we live in the old wild west."

"The library is a peaceful place and it would make me feel uncomfortable to study and read," says Anna Drenick.  "I'd probably stay at home if that was the case."

The City of Pittsburg filed an exemption for 21 of it's public buildings.  From this point the city says it has two options.

"One we can take down the sign and follow the conceal and carry and allow people to conceal and carry in public buildings, or by that time we can get a security plan do an assessment and have a security plan for the buildings we do want to prohibited to carry in," says Pittsburg City Manager Daron Hall.

The city also wants to make it clear it's not against conceal and carry.

"Conceal carry is a law by the state and it's one we plan to follow but if we can buy some time to study it and figure out exactly how we can implement then that's what we did," says Hall.

The company that insures most Kansas school districts says it will not provide coverage for districts that allow armed employees on school premises.

The City of Parsons has also filed an exemption with the attorney general.

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