Kansans, your state has one of the "craziest gun laws" in the nation. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence bestowed the dubious honor on the Sunflower State "for allowing guns in K-12 schools," the Wichita Eagle reported.
If that sounds crazy, well, it's possible. Chuck Sexson, the director of the
concealed-carry program for the Kansas
Attorney General's Office, acknowledged that "it's possible" some school
districts could choose to allow concealed-carry weapons in schools
(although he didn't know of any that did). He said the decision to post
signs on school buildings is up to local school boards.
"Most schools around the state have posted their buildings," Sexson told
the Eagle. "So that hasn't changed."
The Brady Campaign, a national gun-control group, recognized Kansas, Virginia, Utah and Florida for especially egregious gun laws while also issuing its annual rankings of gun laws in all 50 states. Kansas earned the organization's ire for the state's concealed-carry law, which requires that places such as bars, churches, libraries and schools post no-gun signs so that they become off-limits to heat-packing Kansans. Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback recently signed a bill clarifying that guns aren't allowed in places where the no-guns signs are posted.
That wasn't good enough for the Brady folks.
"We want to prevent the next Tucson, Virginia Tech or Columbine," Brady
Campaign president Paul Helmke told the Eagle. "It's too easy now for
dangerous people to get guns and to legally carry them in all sorts of
Maybe the state should have gone in reverse and required places that allow guns to post "guns welcome here" signs.