No gun incidents reported following change in campus carry policy

Open carry prohibition sign on Kedzie Hall in Manhattan, Kan. on Sept 19, 2017. (Photo by Justin Wright | Collegian Media Group)

“The open carrying of firearms in this building is prohibited.”

This statement, outlined in red, adorns the doors of every building on campus. These signs replaced the “no weapons allowed” signs that used to be standard for university buildings.

July 1 marked the changeover of a policy regarding concealed weapons on campuses of public universities in Kansas. Residents 21 years and older with a clean record and a host of other requirements are allowed to carry concealed and legally-owned guns on campus.

“It’s the way it is right now,” Bradli Millington of the K-State Police Department said. “We just continue on with what we’ve got to do to get the job done. … We do what the law tells us to do; that’s what we enforce.”

The campus police officers actively work to respond to any and all issues that arise related to concealed carry concerns and to any other on-campus issues.

Millington said there have been no incidents reported regarding the new policy here, though he did mention an incident at the University of Kansas where a stolen gun was found in an on-campus bathroom.

The only noticeable changes at K-State have come in the form of the door signs and new policy web pages.

“If you have an issue with something, just report it to us so we can give the appropriate response,” Millington said.

For in-depth answers to questions regarding the policy, he said students can review the FAQ page or contact the campus police directly.

Students have varied thoughts on the new policy.

“If you’re certified it’s okay, as long as you’re responsible,” Abrams Maxwell, sophomore in agricultural economics, said.

Jessica Olday, sophomore in computer science, said people who have been in dangerous situations and want protection would benefit from the policy.

“The statewide campus policy implemented at the beginning of this year was one that was taken with caution, intricate planning and with students, faculty, staff and guests’ safety in the fullest regard,” Annie Jewell, senior in public relations and political science, said in an email. “K-State Police, in collaboration with our administration, has done an excellent job providing ALICE training for active shooter and other critical incidents.”

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