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KU weapons policy

In 2013, the Kansas Legislature passed legislation allowing lawful gun owners to carry concealed handguns on all Kansas university campuses and in campus buildings, beginning July 1, 2017. In order to be in compliance with state law, the Kansas Board of Regents approved its new weapons policy on January 20, 2016. This policy applies to all Regents institutions, but allows each university to determine some specific ways to implement the policy on their campuses. The Regents asked KU and the other institutions to submit their policies by October 2016.

After eight months of work – headed by our university-wide Weapons Policy Advisory Committee and two campus implementation committees – KU submitted its draft weapons policy to the Regents on October 10. The Regents governance committee approved our policy at the November board meeting. The policy was approved by the full board December 14, 2016.

View the KU weapons policy approved by the Regents.


2013 - Personal and Family Protection Act becomes law in Kansas

2015 - New legislation allows concealed carry in Kansas without a permit

January 2016 - Kansas Board of Regents approves new weapons policy

February 2016 - KU Weapons Policy Development Advisory Committee begins work

September 2016 - KU Weapons Policy Development Advisory Committee submits policy to Chancellor

October 10, 2016 - KU submits weapons policy to Regents

November 16, 2016 - Regents governance committee approves KU policy

December 14, 2016 - Regents board approves KU policy

July 1, 2017 - Exemption in state law for Kansas universities expires; concealed carry on campus begins

Campus weapons laws in the U.S.

Kansas is one of at least eight states with provisions in their laws allowing the carry of concealed weapons on college and university campuses. The National Conference of State Legislatures has assembled an overview of concealed carry weapon laws on college campuses across the country.

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