PITTSBURG — The City of Pittsburg decided to allow concealed carry into public buildings a year early. As of Friday, concealed carry is permitted in 21 public buildings including the Pittsburg Public Library and Memorial Auditorium.

Everyone interviewed favored the early adoption:

“I like the law because we have had so many disasters and if people were able to defend themselves it would save lives,” said Earnest Span.

“I think it is a good thing being able to defend yourself at all times,” said Sean Jones.

“I like it,” said Linda Kallans. “All these people injured and if the person had a weapon it would have changed the outcome.”

“I think it’s a good idea … If something was to happen, you need to be able to stop the bleeding before it gets out of control,” said Lucas Finley.

Municipalities across the state have until July 1, 2017 to adopt the building policy by state law. The other part of the law required allowing concealed carry for municipal employees, which went into effect Friday. 

The alternative to allowing concealed carry in city buildings requires a metal detector and guard at each entry, which is too costly. Pittsburg State University will have to add metal detectors and a guard at each building or allow concealed carry by July 1, 2017.

— Michael Stavola is a staff writer at The Morning Sun. He can be emailed at mstavola@morningsun.net or follow him on Twitter @MichaelStavola1.