February 15, 2017
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The University of Kansas Health System expressed its extreme disappointment with today's tie vote in the Kansas House Federal and State Affairs Committee on House Bill 2150. The proposal is designed to exempt the state's only academic health system and its attached healthcare district from the law allowing concealed weapons in its buildings.
"We are hearing in very strong terms from our patients and staff we must continue to push for our exemption from the concealed weapons law. There are already exemptions in the law. We are only saying our hospital should be one of them," says Bob Page, president and chief executive officer of The University of Kansas Health System.
"It is unacceptable The University of Kansas Health System facilities will be the only hospital in the Kansas City area being forced to allow concealed weapons. This will put us in a competitive disadvantage in the marketplace," adds Page. "Lawmakers are not listening to the strong support for our position from our patients, their families and the doctors and nurses who provide care."
Page continues, "Our situation is different. We are the only academic health system in the state. We are located in a highly urban environment. We treat the sickest of the sick in our state and in the Midwest. We are not a one-size-fits-all state and shouldn't assume every law works in all settings. It is not the place for the untrained with guns to react to any threats, real or perceived."
"We will continue to do everything possible to maintain a safe environment, even after the July 1, 2017, date for allowing concealed weapons. But, we feel an obligation to keep fighting concealed weapons in our facilities."