Which Way Will Gov. Brownback Move On Gun Legislation… Or Will He?


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Today is the deadline for Governor Brownback to make a decision on a new gun law. Earlier this month Kansas legislators approved a bill aimed at keeping concealed guns out of state hospitals and other public health facilities.

A 2013 law requires public health facilities to allow concealed guns into their buildings starts in July unless the buildings have security such as metal detectors or guards.

The bill on Brownback’s desk would grant a permanent exemption to state hospitals, other public hospitals, mental health centers, some nursing homes and the University of Kansas Health System and the university’s teaching hospital. The bill would still allow concealed weapons to be carried on public college campuses in Kansas.

The governor can sign the bill, veto it or let it pass without taking action. Secretary of State Kris Kobach wants Brownback to veto the legislation. According local legislator Susan Concannon of Beloit, the bill was encouraged from within Brownback’s administration, but he is under pressure from gun rights groups to veto the measure.

Brownback is a historically strong gun-rights supporter, but there is no sure consensus among the legislature whether he will sign or veto the measure or do nothing and allow it to be become law.

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Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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