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Wichita city council votes on concealed carry weapons

Updated: Thursday, December 19 2013, 11:04 AM CST

WICHITA, Kansas - The Wichita City Council voted Tuesday to allow concealed/carry weapons inside libraries, recreation centers and some other city-owned buildings.
 
It was a four to two vote.
 
The decision will still exempt certain buildings with adequate security, like police facilities, housing and airport buildings and all buildings that are leased out to other organizations, like the boat house.
 
Lavonta Williams and Janet Miller opposed the measure, saying they cannot see a need to have guns in facilities with mostly children inside
 
"I think it's a great risk. I think it's a shame that we're not going to prohibit, through any means we have available, carrying weapons where children are predominantly attending and that would include our rec centers. I realize I am probably in the minority on this, but I would be remiss if I didn't say what a great tragedy I think this is," said Janet Miller, Wichita City Council.
 
"This was not an easy decision. These decisions are never easy, but when you sit down and objectively look at the state law and the intent of the law in this case, we don't have home rule ability to amend or be more restrictive. We have to follow state law," said James Clendenin, Wichita City Council.
 
Tuesday's vote was in response to a state law that went into effect this summer saying that concealed carry permit holders can bring weapons into city-owned properties, unless they have adequate security measures. 
Wichita city council votes on concealed carry weapons


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