The state's office buildings will allow concealed carry starting July 1, according to a news release today from the state Department of Administration.
Those who carry concealed weapons into state office buildings must be licensed to carry concealed guns.
Concealed carry will be allowed in public buildings managed by the state of Kansas that are not exempted in the law, according to the statement.
According to state officials, the state is trying to comply with the intent of the new law.
According to the news release, the law defines a state or municipal building as “a building owned or leased by such public entity.” The Department of Administration interprets the definition of a building leased by the state to include free standing buildings in which the state is the sole tenant.
In order to get clarification from the attorney general on how the law should be applied to leased premises within a building where the state is not the sole tenant, the Department of Administration will exercise a six-month exemption for those properties, according to the news release. McGivern said those buildings will operate as they had prior to July 1, 2013.
State correctional facilities, courtrooms and law enforcement agencies are generally exempt from the new law. Certain state health care facilities and post-secondary educational facilities may notify the attorney general of six-month and four-year exemptions to the law.
The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services and the Kansas Commission on Veterans’ Affairs have exercised six-month extensions for their health care facilities throughout the state, according to the news release.