Weapons Policy Frequently Asked Questions

Updated as of 6/16/17

Who is affected by the concealed-carry law that goes into effect on July 1, 2017?

University of Kansas Medical Center facilities that must comply with the concealed-carry law (the Personal Family and Protection Act) as of July 1:

  • University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita
  • Fairway North Building in Fairway, Kansas

University of Kansas Medical Center facilities that are exempted from the concealed-carry law due to the legislative amendment recently signed into law:

  • Main University of Kansas Medical Center campus at 39th and Rainbow in Kansas City, Kansas

Includes all facilities located within the health care district of the Rosedale Master Plan and Traffic Study, which includes a portion of the geographic area between Rainbow Boulevard and State Line Road, south of Southwest Boulevard and north of 43rd Street. A map on page 73 of the Rosedale Master Plan and Traffic Study clearly outlines the health care district.

  • Clinical Research Center in Fairway, Kansas

The University of Kansas School of Medicine-Salina is housed in a privately owned building that is not owned or leased by the university; therefore, the facility is not subject to the public building portion of the Personal Family and Protection Act.

What rules and guidelines must be followed related to the concealed-carry law?

There is a Kansas Board of Regents policy providing guidance on the concealed-carry law and a draft University-Wide Weapons Policy pending review by the Board of Regents. The University of Kansas Medical Center is also finalizing campus-specific implementing procedures.

Why are certain facilities exempted from the concealed carry gun law?

The Kansas State Legislature passed an amendment to the Personal Family and Protection Act, which will go into effect on July 1, 2017. This amendment excludes all publicly owned hospitals from the concealed-carry law.

With this amendment, buildings owned or leased by these public hospitals are exempt from the concealed-carry law. For The University of Kansas Health System, the exemptions include the health care district, which is outlined in the Rosedale Master Plan and Traffic Study.

Questions for those in facilities exempt from the concealed-carry law

Questions for those in facilities that are not exempt from the concealed-carry law

FAQs for Exempt Facilities

Are concealed weapons allowed in these facilities?

Are weapons lockers available?

Can I keep my firearm in my car?

What do I do if I see someone with a firearm in an exempt facility?

If I work in a non-exempt facility and choose to conceal and carry, what do I do with my weapon when I go to an exempt facility?

FAQs for Non-Exempt Facilities

Are concealed weapons allowed in these facilities?

Are gun lockers available?

Can I carry a firearm in a backpack or purse?

If I work in a non-exempt facility and choose to conceal and carry, what do I do with my weapon when I go to an exempt facility?

Can the university require any kind of gun registration for people who carry handguns?

Will instructors be aware of the identity of the individuals who are carrying concealed firearms in their classes?

Can the University issue its own concealed-carry permit?

What do I do if I see someone with a firearm in a non-exempt facility?

What do I do if I see an individual with a partially concealed or inadvertently revealed weapon?

If I clearly see the outline or shape of handgun under someone's clothing, is that a violation of University policy or the law?

What measures are in place to prevent accidental discharge?

Making restrictions on the condition of the firearm, such as mandating an unloaded chamber, goes against the benefit of carrying a concealed firearm. How can the University make the concealed-carry policy stricter than the state law?

What happens if someone is detained by law enforcement for illicit drug or alcohol use on campus and a firearm is revealed?

Will there be training offered on how to handle conflict and what to do in the event of a mass shooting?

From both a safety and compliance standpoint, what should people do if they find a firearm on the ground?

Am I responsible for disarming an active shooter?

What are we to do if a concealed firearm accidentally discharges? Who will be held accountable?

Can "private" offices restrict firearms?

As faculty are we allowed to suggest that people leave firearms elsewhere when they meet with us in our offices?

The building where I spend most of my time is open early and late and does not appear to have safety officers, cameras or other means of monitoring the security of the building or the safety of its people. What safeguards will KU Medical Center implement in a building that seems "unsafe" for us?

As a health care provider at the Wichita clinic, do I have to treat a patient who is carrying a concealed handgun?

Last modified: Jun 19, 2017
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