Kansas Governor lets bill banning guns at state hospitals become law

06/16/17 11:05 AM | by

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback. (Photo: Getty Images)

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (Photo: Getty Images)

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback let a bill become law Thursday that will prohibit the carrying of guns into state hospitals.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reported the governor allowed the measure, House Bill 2278, to become law without his signature.

The legislation will essentially allow the University of Kansas Health System, state mental hospitals, some community health centers and state adult care facilities to continue banning guns on their premises.

If the bill was vetoed, state hospitals would have had to either install metal detectors and post security guards at entrances or allow lawful gun owners to carry firearms into their buildings starting July 1.

In a statement regarding the bill’s enactment, Brownback noted he had tried to forge a compromise that would have been more favorable toward gun rights advocates, but that ultimately was rejected by representatives of the health care facilities.

“Nevertheless, this bill does appropriately address safety concerns at state mental health hospitals,” Brownback said. “As a result, I will permit House Bill 2278 to become law without my signature.”

Gun control group Moms Demand Action cheered the bill’s enactment, saying the legislation was aimed to protect the public’s safety.

“Kansas hospitals and mental health centers can now continue to focus on treating their patients without having to address new and unnecessary safety risks,” said Jo Ella Hoye, a volunteer with the Kansas chapter. “We applaud all of the legislators from both parties who stood up to the gun lobby to protect public safety, and we encourage them to continue their efforts to prevent gun violence in Kansas.”

The National Rifle Association, which largely condemned the bill, had offered up a proposal presented by Senate President Susan Wagle, R-Wichita, that would have allowed concealed firearms in the facilities as long as the guns were stored in secure rooms or lockers before entering restricted areas. That proposal was also shot down.

The measure was passed in the House on a 91-33 vote, while the Senate concurred on a 24-16 vote. The enacted bill will now take effect immediately.

Latest Reviews

  • The Midwest Industries Combat Rail Series is a multi-tool pistol (VIDEO)

    With the .300 AAC Blackout growing in popularity, gun makers have stepped up to fill demand. Standing at the forefront...

    Read Now
  • The Sightmark M-Spec Ultra Shot is high-dollar work at low-dollar prices

    If you’re looking for an optic that puts in high-dollar work at low-dollar prices, give some serious consideration to the...

    Read Now
  • Gear Review: Range days made easy with Uplula mag loader

    Not a single shooter I know enjoys loading rounds into often stiff and difficult mags; however, there is one company...

    Read Now
  • The All-American 500: Big Horn Armory’s AR500 in .500 Auto Max (VIDEO)

    “From prairie dogs to pachyderms to Peterbilts -- ” that’s one helluva promise to hunters on the capability of the...

    Read Now