University of Kansas chancellor opposes guns on campus

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The University of Kansas chancellor and 70 of the school's distinguished professors have formally spoken out against the concealed carry of guns on campus.

The Lawrence Journal World ( ) reports Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little addressed the issue in her chancellor's message to faculty and staff on Monday.

"I want to be clear that I am not in favor of allowing concealed carry on university campuses," Gray-Little said, "I also realize that not everyone at KU or across the state will agree with my opinion. I appreciate that, and as always, I encourage you to share your perspectives with state lawmakers."

The professors, including outgoing Provost Jeff Vitter, issued a statement voicing their opposition on Friday. The professors from the Kansas University Medical Center and Lawrence campuses said universities should have 'the authority to restrict firearms if they believe them incompatible with the function and mission of their campus."

Professors at Kansas State University recently signed a letter to the state Legislature opposing weapons on campus.

Under state law, Kansas universities must allow concealed weapons on campus beginning July 1, 2017.

The Kansas Board of Regents has drafted a policy to implement the new law on campuses.

Gray-Little encouraged employees to attend an information session on weapons on campus Tuesday and to respond to a weapons survey emailed to faculty and staff last week.

The chancellor says it is unlikely that the law will be changed, and the university must be in compliance on campus


Information from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World,

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