Many public buildings may be opened up to concealed firearms in a month when the next portion of a new state law goes into effect. Earlier this year, the state Legislature passed a law going into effect on July 1 requiring public facilities to open up to concealed carry unless there is “adequate security.” In this case, “adequate security” has been often been interpreted to mean a metal detector and a security guard. Many municipalities have taken advantage of one of the temporary exemptions in the law, giving them a six-month exemption (ending Jan. 2014) to review security plans. During that time, if municipalities complete a security plan and provide “adequate security” to their buildings, they can receive a four-year exemption from the concealed carry law. Those extra steps and hoops to jump through have put some local municipalities in the position of determining which buildings must be secured and whether or not to pursue the four-year exemption. For Crawford County, the six-month exemption will soon be up, but it appears they will not pursue any major changes to the buildings already protected, which include the Judicial Center in Pittsburg and the County Courthouse in Girard. “There will be no changes there, and they’ll remain secure,” said County Commissioner Bob Kmiec. “We have the signage up, and we’ll follow the statute. The rest of the buildings, the signs are going to be gone. We don’t have the funds to secure those buildings, and there’s been no interest in that from the public.” The situation is different in Pittsburg. There are 21 buildings in Pittsburg, and a security plan must be drafted before the end of the year if the city wants a four-year exemption. “We will have a resolution for the city to finalize that,” said Pittsburg City Manager Daron Hall. We’ll have a security plan in place. It’s extensive. The struggle is going to be in four years, whether we need to get a metal detector and guard at the buildings we deem worthy.” Hall said that would include the City Hall, the Pittsburg Public Library and the Law Enforcement Center, which has some measures in place already. Hall said that getting the four-year exemption would probably be the city’s top priority in the remainder of the year. Some of the security measures being planned for those city buildings include panic buttons, cameras, and more. But Hall said the difficulty could be funding a $100,000 metal detector and staffing it. “We want that exemption. We’ll watch what the Legislature does. If they don’t change it by the end of those four years, we’re going to have to ramp up. We’d have to focus only on the ones we need, to triage,” Hall said. “We don’t plan on letting people walk around carrying guns. The commisisoners may want that, but the resolution will come before them.”