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County Commissioners Delay Implementation of Concealed Carry Law

Russell County CourthouseRussell County Commissioners voted Monday at their regular meeting to request a delay of the implementation of a state concealed carry law that applies to public buildings.

The law, which was passed during the most recent session of the Kansas State Legislature, makes it illegal to prohibit anyone with a concealed carry license to bring their concealed gun into a public city or county government building. Without any action, the law would have gone into effect on July 1, but County Administrator and Appraiser Kenton Lyon says now after Monday's vote, the county will hopefully receive a six month extension.

After speaking with District Court Judge Mike Keeley during the meeting as well, Lyon says the main hang up with the law is courtroom safety.

Keeley also briefly addressed budget requests for next fiscal year, with no major changes.

Other topics of discussion included staffing updates from County Health Nurse Paula Bitter and a renewing of Emergency Management Director Keith Haberer's joint contract with Russell and Ellsworth Counties.

A retirement recognition was also held for county employee Bill Rabas, who is retiring after working 35 years for the Road and Bridge Department.

CLICK HERE for the June 3 meeting minutes. The June 17 meeting minutes will be available in two weeks.

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