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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Hurley updates commission on state law

  • Though he said he was still reviewing the legislation, Leavenworth County Administrator Pat Hurley told the county commission Thursday that a recently signed piece of legislation could impact the county.
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  • Though he said he was still reviewing the legislation, Leavenworth County Administrator Pat Hurley told the county commission Thursday that a recently signed piece of legislation could impact the county.
    Kansas House Bill 2052, known as the Personal and Family Protection Act, was signed into law by Gov. Sam Brownback Tuesday and is scheduled to take affect July 1. As passed, the law would allow governments to prohibit firearms in most state and municipal buildings only if they put in place security measures at all public entrances, among other provisions related to concealed carry of firearms in public buildings.
    “I've asked David (Van Parys, county counselor) to review it,” Hurley said of the new law.
    Currently, the Leavenworth County Courthouse has signs posted at each entrance prohibiting the carrying of firearms. The commission passed a resolution barring weapons in its buildings in May 2012.
    If the commission wished to continue that ban, they might have to pay to bring security measures at the courthouse into compliance with the law.
    Until a review of the law is completed, Hurley said he wouldn't know for sure how extensive those security upgrades would be.
    However, “it'll have a significant fiscal impact,” he said, should the commission decide to
    pursue those upgrades and maintain its prohibition of firearms in county-owned buildings.

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