When they met Tuesday, Leavenworth city commissioners voted to send a letter to the Kansas attorney general to get a temporary extension from a new concealed carry law.
Under the law, which often is referred to as House Bill 2052, the city would either have to allow people to carry concealed firearms into municipal buildings or beef up security at the public entrances to the buildings.
The law is set to take effect Monday. But by sending a letter to the attorney general, the city will be exempt from the new requirements until Jan. 1.
City Commissioners talked about the exemption during a June 18 study session. They took formal action Tuesday by authorizing the letter to be sent. The letter has to be sent by July 1.
The city could seek an exemption of up to four years. Such an extension would require the development of a security plan.
Mayor Pro-Tem Mark Preisinger said Tuesday's action was only for an exemption through the rest of 2013.
"So we're not asking for a four-year extension at this time," he said.
Preisinger said the concealed carry law would apply to other city-owned buildings, not just City Hall.
City Manager Scott Miller said the law would apply to any city-owned facilities that are open to the public.
Miller said the increased security measures that would be required in order for the city to prohibit people from carrying concealed firearms into city-owned buildings would be "very expensive."
The law would apply only in the cases of people who have licenses to carry concealed firearms.
Preisinger said the state capitol is exempt from the law.
Kansas has an open carry law, which allows people to carry non-concealed firearms into city buildings, but City Attorney Tom Dawson said a few municipalities, not including Leavenworth, have sought to place restrictions on the open carry of firearms. He said this issue is still in litigation.