To whom it may concern:
It has come to my attention that international students may not be informed about a Kansas law which will allow firearms on university campuses in Kansas (K.S.A 75-7c01 et seq.). On July 1, 2017, the concealed carry of firearms will be legally permitted in every building on public college and university campuses in the State of Kansas. Locations where guns will be permitted include but are not limited to: dormitories, classrooms, laboratories with volatile chemicals, childcare facilities, on-campus airports, and public hospital facilities, like the University of Kansas Medical Center. The only way for a public Kansas university to legally prohibit firearms after July 1, 2017 will be to install “adequate security measures,” or metal detectors, armed guards, and firearms storage facilities at every public entrance of each building. This was an unfunded mandate by the state, so the vast majority of buildings will not have these security measures, if any do at all. Under this same law (K.S.A. 75-7c01 et seq.) permits and training are not required to concealed carry in the state of Kansas, and the individual universities will not be permitted to issue additional requirements to carry.
It is also my understanding that non-U.S. citizens who have not established permanent residency are barred from carrying firearms by federal law, meaning many international students at Kansas universities would be surrounded by firearms without the legal right to also carry one—making it potentially even more dangerous for these students. Considering the shooting of two Indian men who were presumed to be “Middle Eastern” by a white supremacist in Olathe, Kansas last week, international students, especially those from certain countries or regions, are at a greater risk of being the victims of deadly violence once this campus carry law goes into effect.
The public colleges and universities in Kansas are not doing enough to inform prospective students about this law. Many domestic U.S. students also are not being informed about it, so I imagine that international students would especially be unaware of this dangerous law that will affect them and their studies in the state of Kansas.
I have attached the text of the law to this email. It is my hope in sending this that students planning to pursue their educations in the United States will be able to make informed decisions about where they choose to work or study. I have also copied onto this email the chancellors of each of the seven Regents Universities in Kansas, Governor Sam Brownback, and the members of the Kansas House Federal and State Affairs Committee, who are currently considering HB2074, a bill which would prevent this concealed carry law from going into effect and continue to allow universities to prohibit firearms beyond July 1, 2017.
Megan Jones