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R. Steve Dick/University Relations

Tom Williams, Facilities Operations carpenter, installs a gun ordinance sign near the the Continuing Education building.

Signs reinforce weapons policy

Despite new law, concealed guns prohibited

A law allowing the carry of concealed firearms went into effect on New Year's Day, but it does not permit licensed carriers to bring weapons on to university property. Signs are being placed on campus to emphasize that all weapons, including firearms, knives and others, are still prohibited.

A long-standing university policy prohibits bringing weapons on campus. Plus, the newly passed law does not allow carry of firearms on university and state property or at athletic events, among other places. A pair of signs on campus will aim to make that point clear.

The Kansas Attorney General's office approved a sign featuring a black handgun with a red circle and slash through the weapon for businesses that do not wish to allow concealed carry on their premises. Before the end of 2006, several of the signs were put in place. The signs will remain, but will be accompanied by another, 12 by 18 inch sign with the image and the wording "possession of weapons of any type, including all firearms, on University of Kansas property is strictly prohibited."

The signs are being placed near entries to campus and on select buildings. The selected buildings will have "decals" with the wording on the doors, while the signs near entries will be made of aluminum.

Doug Riat, director of Facilities Operations, said approximately 30 signs will be placed on the Lawrence campus. The KU Medical Center and other campuses will have signs as well, with wording specific to each campus.

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