Insurance companies to drop Kansas schools allowing firearms on campuses

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The EMC Insurance Cos., which presently insures 85 to 90 per cent of Kansas school districts, along with the smaller Continental Western Group, has found that a new state law allowing holders of concealed carry permits to bring concealed weapons into public buildings, conflicts with standing policy that only qualified personnel be armed on school premises.

“We’ve been writing school business for almost 40 years, and one of the underwriting guidelines we follow for schools is that any on-site armed security should be provided by uniformed, qualified law enforcement officers,” said Mick Lovell, EMC’s vice president for business development speaking to the Des Moines Register.

“Our guidelines have not recently changed,” he adds.

The state’s new gun law took effect on July 1, and is similar to another law in the state of Utah. Such regulations have been touted by firearms groups including the National Rifle Association in response to mass shooting events, such as 2012’s massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut.

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