Pittsburg looks to continue conceal carry exemptions - KOAM TV 7

Pittsburg looks to continue conceal carry exemptions

Updated: Dec 2, 2013 08:04 PM

The Kansas law allowing concealed carry weapons to be brought into public buildings goes into effect in a little over a month, but some local buildings hope to keep their exemptions. Beginning next year, many public buildings will begin allowing concealed firearms inside when the next portion of a new state law goes into effect.

If a city wants buildings to remain exempt for four additional years, they must complete a security plan and provide adequate security to their buildings. In Pittsburg, 21 city buildings currently hold the exemptions, which left city officials with a decision on how to provide the security needed.

"We have a threat assessment and security plan for each building. And the commission can pass a resolution that we can exempt each of those buildings out another 4 years." says Pittsburg City Manager, Daron Hall.

The Pittsburg Police Department conducted the assessments and determined that security measures already in place in many of the buildings would require little changes.

"A lot of the buildings were actually really good at. We already had security plans in place when the buildings were built...locked gates, locked doors. Different things that could be used in each buildings. Some buildings we ran across some doors that really didn't need to be left unlocked that were. We ran into some issues with some little minor things that were easy fixes." says Pittsburg Police Sergeant, Chris Moore.

Moore says it took him roughly a couple weeks to complete the security assessments, but before it gets presented to the county commissioners, they want to remind them of one thing - that the ultimate goal is keeping the citizens safe.

"I'm going through and making sure our buildings are safe not only for employees but citizens also use our buildings all the time. And so we want to make sure those citizens are safe." Moore says.

The city is currently finalizing security plans for each building, and will present recommendations at the December 10th commission meeting.


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