KSU bans guns at some venues

By Dylan Lysen

Wildcat fans will face additional security measures at K-State athletic events this fall.

The Kansas Board of Regents’ governance committee on Wednesday approved K-State’s request to bar firearms from ticketed athletic events at Bill Snyder Family Stadium and Bramlage Coliseum as well as during some events at McCain Auditorium, Forum Hall in the K-State Student Union and the Beach Museum of Art.

K-State officials made the request because a state law will allow people to carry concealed firearms on college campuses. The law goes into effect July 1.

With the new law, K-State is required to provide “adequate” security measures, such as metal detectors, to have the authority to ban firearms from specific buildings.

Breeze Richardson, Regents director of communications, said K-State may purchase about 70 pieces of screening equipment. The cost of the purchase of new equipment has not yet been determined.

Cindy Bontrager, K-State vice president for administration and finance, said the university will print a notice on the ticket of athletic events when firearms are banned.

“For events in the other buildings it will be determined by university officials based upon a request by a lecturer or exhibitor and the ticket will state concealed carry is prohibited,” she said. The Regents also approved the University of Kansas’ request to bar firearms from Allen Fieldhouse and Memorial Stadium during athletic events where there are more than 5,000 fans.

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