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Kansas Gun Laws

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Introduction

Kansas’ population is just shy of 3,000,000 residents. It is centered in the continental U.S. It has four (4) neat and clear (almost straight) borders. Nebraska is its neighbor to the north.  To the east is Missouri, with Oklahoma to the south. Kansas shares its western border with Colorado.

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A. State Constitution

Regarding the right to bear arms, the Kansas Constitution states:

“The people have the right to bear arms for their defense and security; but standing armies in time of peace, are dangerous to liberty, and shall not be tolerated, and the military shall be in strict subordination to the civil power.”

[http://gunla.ws/ks1]

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B. Scope of Preemption

The controlling language of the Kansas preemption statute is set forth as follows:

“No city or county shall adopt any ordinance, resolution or regulation, and no agent of any city or county shall take any administrative action, governing the purchase, transfer, ownership, storage or transporting of firearms or ammunition, or any component or combination thereof.”

[http://gunla.ws/ks2]

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C. Reciprocal Carry

By statute, Kansas will recognize another state’s license to carry if that state recognizes Kansas’s license:

“A valid license, issued by any other state or the District of Columbia, to carry concealed weapons shall be recognized as valid in this state, but only while the holder is not a resident of Kansas, if the attorney general determines that standards for issuance of such license or permit by such state or district are equal to or greater than the standards imposed by this act.”

By statute, Kansas residents 21 or older may legally carry a concealed firearm, without having to have a state-issued permit. However, Kansans must obtain a concealed carry permit for purposes of reciprocal carry. Anyone contemplating reciprocal carry should check with the official list maintained by the Kansas AG at the point in time the reciprocal carry is to occur.  Reference the Kansas reciprocity agreements here: [http://gunla.ws/ks3]

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D. Constitutional Carry

As of 7/1/15, Kansas permits any resident of Kansas who is at least 21 years old and not prohibited from owning a firearm to carry a handgun without a permit, openly or concealed.

[http://gunla.ws/ks4]

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E. Duty to Inform Officers

Kansas does not require Kansas residents to inform a LEO of a permit or license to carry. If an Officer asks a non-resident about a weapon, by law, an answer must be supplied. With permitless carry you do not have to have a permit/license to carry in Kansas as long as you can legally possess the firearm.

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F. NFA Items

SBS and MGs must be registered under the NFA. However, a personal firearm, a firearm accessory or ammunition that is owned or manufactured commercially or privately in Kansas and that remains within the borders of Kansas is not subject to any federal law. Suppressors that are manufactured in Kansas and remain within the borders of Kansas are not subject to any federal law, including the NFA. A firearm manufactured in Kansas must have the words “Made in Kansas” clearly stamped on a central metallic part, such as the receiver or frame.

CLEOs are required to sign an application for the transfer of any item regulated under the NFA within 15 days if the applicant is not prohibited by law from receiving it. [http://gunla.ws/n72f] & [http://gunla.ws/53sh]

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G. Carrying Firearms in Vehicles

Kansas has no laws regulating the manner of carrying firearms in vehicles, so anyone who is legally allowed to possess firearms may carry them in vehicles without a permit, concealed or openly. Anyone who is 21 years of age who can legally possess a handgun can carry it concealed or openly in Kansas without any type of permit/license, both in a vehicle and on foot. [http://gunla.ws/e8ce]

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H. Self-defense Laws

Kansas has both Castle Doctrine and SYG laws. There is no duty to retreat from any place You have a legal right to be. You may use force, including deadly force, in defense of yourself or others if You reasonably believe it is necessary to prevent imminent death, SBI, the commission of a forcible felony, or to stop the unlawful & forcible entry into Your dwelling, residence, or occupied motor vehicle if You reasonably believe it is necessary to prevent imminent death or SBI as a result of the unlawful entry. [http://gunla.ws/vdgu] & [http://gunla.ws/l8u2]

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I. Criminal Provisions

Under Kansas law, a license to carry a handgun does not permit carry in any of the following places or circumstances:

  • Within the governor’s residence
  • Any private or public building (not including a parking lot adjacent thereto) that chooses to restrict carry, and has posted with AG approved signage for the prohibition
  • An individual may be charged with trespass to an area if an area has an AG approved sign stating no firearms and the individual does not leave when asked to
  • Preschools, elementary schools and middle schools whether public or private with AG approval
  • In the Docking state office building
  • Within 500 feet of the Landon state office building
  • Within the Judicial center, or any other state-owned or leased building
  • Secure areas of a jail, correctional facility or law enforcement agency
  • In a county courthouse
  • While under the influence of alcohol, or drugs, or both
  • State government employees with valid carry permits may now carry while on the job, and public (but not private) employers may not prohibit their employees from carrying on the job. This provision does NOT affect existing bans on carrying weapons in sensitive places such as courthouses or the state capitol.

You may conceal carry in any public area of state and municipal buildings. This encompasses carrying at public universities. [http://gunla.ws/s0ij]

For a list of places where carrying a firearm is forbidden, see:

[http://gunla.ws/ks6]

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J. Do “No Gun Signs” Have the Force of Law?

No. “No Firearm” signs in Kansas do not have the force of law unless they are posted on property that is specifically mentioned in State Law as being off limits to those with a permit/license to carry. However, as a possessor with a real property interest, a retailer, has the right to limit, and qualify the right to enter the property, subject to not carrying a handgun. It would be improper to enter, and the licensee would be subject to ejection for possession of a handgun thereat. Failure to leave once requested would subject the licensee to arrest for criminal trespass.

[http://gunla.ws/1xe6]

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K. Carry in Restaurants That Serve Alcohol

Yes. There is no law stating it is illegal. You can carry in a restaurant that serves alcohol or in a bar. If the restaurant or bar has a “No Gun Sign,” then it is suggested that you not enter the establishment. You can carry your firearm into a restaurant that serves alcohol or a bar, but you are prohibited from consuming alcohol while carrying a firearm. [http://gunla.ws/x2bi]

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L. Open Carry

Open carry is legal for those without a valid permit/license. The state preempts all local firearm laws in the state. The minimum age for open carry is 18. Places listed in the “Criminal Provisions” above apply to those who open carry. [http://gunla.ws/s7nf]

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FIND GUN LAWS BY STATE

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About the author
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Bryan L. Ciyou is a trial and appellate attorney at the Indianapolis law firm of Ciyou & Dixon, P.C. He earned his BA with distinction and graduated through the honors program, along with his JD,... Read More