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Changes For Kansas Residents Who Carry Concealed Firearms

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The change falls under the provisions of the Kansas Family and Personal Protection Act, which Kansas legislature made adjustments to last year.

"It allows folks who obtained a state concealed carry permit to carry concealed handguns into state, county and municipal or city buildings," said David Groves, Cherokee County Sheriff.

But while the new law opens up public places to carry concealed, specific areas in the courthouse remain closed off to the change. Guns are still prohibited on the second floor, or in any courtroom for example.

To obtain a permit to carry concealed, residents must follow a thorough course and application procedure.

For those who do and do not choose to carry a concealed firearm, a physical change has been made in the building.

"The existing signs that were on the exterior of the building [...] has been removed from the exterior of the courthouse," said Rodney Edmondson, Cherokee County Clerk.

But with any new law, come possible concerns. Cherokee county resident and permit holder Gerald Robert Messer feels this has no relevance to the safety in the community and the district court.

"It's not any less safe to go there now than it is anywhere else."

According to Messer, little difference comes to this change.

"There never was anything to stop you before. It was against the law, but people that are intent on doing harm there, don't care anyway. There was no metal detectors. There was one bailiff up there."

 

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