• April 2, 2020

U.S. university: guns yes, vaping no

From July 1, people will be allowed to carry concealed handguns at Wichita State University, Kansas, US, but they will be banned from vaping there, according to a story by Dion Lefler for the Wichita Eagle.

Outdoor vaping in defiance of the policy won’t be a prosecutable offense with fines or citations. Nor will violations count as punishable misconduct for students and employees.

Instead, users of vapor products will get a polite scolding from student and faculty members designated as ambassadors for the tobacco-free campus policy.

The policy on handguns has been ordered by the Legislature and that on vaping (and smoking) by university leaders.

Across the campus, it is possible to find students who support every possible permutation: Ban guns and vaporizers, don’t ban either one, or ban one but not the other.dispair

But, Lefler explains, the status quo is not an option on guns. Two years ago, the Legislature passed and Governor Sam Brownback signed into law a bill that opens almost all public spaces and public buildings to the carrying of concealed handguns, including college classrooms, offices and dormitories.

Called “constitutional carry” by its supporters, the law requires neither a permit nor training to carry a concealed weapon for people over 21, an age group that includes many college juniors and seniors.

The only places where guns can be excluded are buildings with metal detectors and guards to run them at every entrance, which university officials say is impractically expensive on campuses with dozens of buildings and hundreds of entrances.

The new vaping rules deviate from a state law that allows outdoor smoking/vaping outside a 10-foot radius of public-building doors and air intakes.

The new university policy prohibits vaping outdoors on almost all university property, including streets, sidewalks and parking lots, though there are some exceptions.


Lefler’s piece is at: http://www.kansas.com/news/politics-government/article158200119.html.