The Butler Community College Board of Trustees approved a weapons policy at their meeting Tuesday night. It will be effective July 1, when the exemption of concealed carry of handguns at public Kansas colleges and universities expires.
The policy explains that any individual who is 21 years of age or older who is not prohibited or disqualified by law and is lawfully eligible to carry one concealed handgun in Kansas won't be precluded from doing so on Butler campuses. This includes all facilities owned or leased by the college – except in areas where Adequate Security Measures (ASMs) are provided, at the high school campus, Educare or in a specified restricted access area of a building. The policy adds that the college may temporarily designate specific locations as prohibiting concealed handguns and use.
There were a few revisions made to the policy from when it was reviewed at last month's meeting.
"It's, really, in the same form as it was when you saw it the last time. I clarified a little bit of language in section E as to what adequate security measures are and then also added a little bit more information in section F on adequate security measures. But it's basically been in this format – it's seen relatively few changes – from the very beginning to where we are now," BCC President Kimberly Krull said.
Krull has compiled a list of FAQ's and answers that the college will provide as a part of the policy for people to access. There will be a note in the student handbook and student catalog where that information can be retrieved.
"I would say, you know, that the majority of folks probably still are of the belief that we don't want concealed weapons on campus. I always understand that there are people on both sides. And we've had folks at our meetings that are licensed to carry and are responsible gun owners and responsible carriers. And so, the conversations were always – for the most part – there were always people on both sides of the conversation. But, you know, I think we probably fall into that category with the majority of the other faculty and staff and students at the institutions in that we don't think it's necessarily good to have guns on campus. But we also understand it's state law, and we'll abide by state law," Krull said.
Krull mentioned that Coffeyville, Independence and Dodge didn't apply for the exemption three-and-a-half years ago and have allowed concealed weapons on their campuses since then. She said that those places have not seen any problems concerning weapons in their residence halls.
"The other institutions that have had this in place have not had problems with it at all. So, they say that it just really didn't cause a lot of ripple in how they managed their classrooms and, then, the way that they did things. In some of those situations where there were safety issues, they just stated it," Krull said.