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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  • Manual modifications

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  • To be in compliance with state law, Harvey County has modified its policy manual regarding conceal carry.
    The county has removed the requirement that employees who plan to conceal carry a firearm to work notify Human Resources, which would notify the employee's department head. That language was stricken and the county commission approved the change at its Monday meeting.
    "The legislature was clear about telling us we couldn't require that of employees," county administrator John Waltner said. "I think we were not the only entity it the state that planned to do that. They - the legislature -clearly said that can't be done."
    New language was added to the Personal and Family Protection Act also known as the concealed carry act, stating people who are licensed and plan to carry concealed weapons to work do not have to notify their supervisors, Waltner said.
    The concealed carry act went into effect July 1, and the county commission approved the changes to the policy manual June 30.
    While the policy manual now acknowledges that employees with a license to conceal carry can do so without notifying his, or her, employer, employees are still encouraged to voulantarily let somebody know.
    "The county would appreciate knowing if an employee intends to conceal carry so that there would be no misunderstanding in the event the firearm become momentarily visible to the public or other employees," the manual states.
    "We want them to know if they voluntarily let us know, we'll keep the information confidential," Waltner said.
    Administration worked with county counselor Greg Nye and the county's liability insurance provider, KCAMP (Kansas Counties Association Multiline Pool), in making changes to the manual, Waltner said.
    The manual states that the county "assumes no liability for any wrongful act or omission" relating to firearms.

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