Kansas Gun Law Summary

   Rifles and 
Shotguns Handguns
Permit to Purchase NO NO
Registration of Firearms NO NO
Licensing of Owner NO NO
Permit to Carry NO YES

STATE CONSTITUTIONAL PROVISION
“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.” Kansas Bill of Rights 
Section 4.

PURCHASE
No state permit is required to purchase a rifle, shotgun, or 
handgun.
It is unlawful knowingly to sell, give or otherwise transfer 
any firearm with a barrel less than 12 inches to any person under 
18.
It is unlawful knowingly to sell, give or otherwise transfer 
any firearm to: 
any person who is both addicted to and an unlawful user
of a controlled substance; 
any person who, within the preceding ten years, has been
convicted of certain specified felonies, but was not found 
to have been in possession of a firearm at the time of the 
commission of the offense, or has been released form imprisonment for such a crime, and has not had the conviction 
of such crime expunged or been pardoned for such crime; 
any person who, within the preceding five years has been
convicted of a felony other than those specified for the ten 
year disqualification
any person convicted of a felony and was found in possession of a firearm at the time of the offense.
It is unlawful knowingly to sell, give or otherwise transfer
any firearm to any habitual drunkard or narcotics addict.
Kansas has enacted a law enabling its residents to purchase 
rifles or shotguns from licensed dealers in contiguous states, 
provided the purchase complies with the laws of Kansas and of 
the state of purchase, and with all federal requirements.

POSSESSION
No state permit is required to purchase a rifle, shotgun, or 
handgun.
It is unlawful for the following persons to possess firearms :
a person who is both addicted to and an unlawful user of a
controlled substance; 
a person convicted of a felony or a violation of any provision
of the uniform controlled substances act under the laws of 
Kansas or a crime under a law of another jurisdiction which 
is substantially the same as such felony or violation
a person who was adjudicated as a juvenile offender because
of the commission of an act which if done by an adult would 
constitute the commission of a person felony or a violation 
of any provision of the uniform controlled substances act, 
and was found to have been in possession of a firearm at 
the time of the commission of the offense 
a person who, within the preceding 10 years, has been convicted
 of certain specified felonies, or a crime under a law 
of another jurisdiction which is substantially the same as 
such felony, has been released from imprisonment for such 
felony, or was adjudicated as a juvenile offender because of 
the commission of an act which if done by an adult would 
constitute the commission of such felony, was found not 
to have been in possession of a firearm at the time of the 
commission of the offense, and has not had the conviction 
of such crime expunged or been pardoned for such crime; 
or a nonperson felony under the laws of Kansas or a crime 
under the laws of another jurisdiction which is substantially 
the same as such nonperson felony, has been released from 
imprisonment for such nonperson felony or was adjudicated 
as a juvenile offender because of the commission of an act 
which if done by an adult would constitute the commis-
sion of a nonperson felony, and was found to have been in 
possession of a firearm at the time of the commission of the 
offense
a person who, within the preceding five years has been
convicted of a felony (other than those specified as a basis 
for the ten year disqualification)  under the laws of Kansas 
or a crime under a law of another jurisdiction which is 
substantially the same as such felony, has been released from 
imprisonment for a felony or was adjudicated as a juvenile 
offender because of the commission of an act which if done 
by an adult would constitute the commission of a felony, 
and was found not to have been in possession of a firearm 
at the time of the commission of the offense
a person, other than a law enforcement officer, in or on any
school property or grounds with the following exceptions: 
possession of any firearm in connection with a firearms safety 
course of instruction or firearms education course approved 
and authorized by the school; any possession of any firearm 
specifically authorized in writing by the superintendent of 
any unified school district or the chief administrator of 
any accredited non-public school; possession of a firearm 
secured in a motor vehicle by a parent, guardian, custodian 
or someone authorized to act in such person’s behalf who is 
delivering or collecting a student; or   possession of a firearm 
secured in a motor vehicle by a registered voter who is on 
the school grounds, which contain a polling place for the 
purpose of voting during polling hours on an election day
a person who refuses to surrender or immediately remove
from school property or grounds or at any regularly scheduled school
sponsored activity or event any firearm in the 
possession of any person, other than a law enforcement officer, when so requested
 or directed by any duly authorized 
school employee or any law enforcement officer. 
Possession of a firearm on the grounds of or in the state 
capitol building, or within any other state-owned or leased building if the secretary 
of administration has so designated by rules 
and regulations and conspicuously placed signs clearly stating 
that firearms are prohibited within such building, and within 
any county courthouse, unless, by county resolution, the board 
of county commissioners authorize the possession of a firearm 
within such courthouse.
It is unlawful for a narcotics addict or habitual drunkard 
to possess any firearm.
It is unlawful for a person less than 18 years of age to knowingly 
possess a firearm with a barrel less than 12 inches long. It 
shall be a defense if such person less than 18 years of age was:  
in attendance at a hunter’s safety course or a firearms safety 
course; engaging in practice in the use of such firearm or target 
shooting at an established range authorized by the governing 
body of the jurisdiction in which such range is located; engaging 
in an organized competition involving the use of such firearm; 
hunting or trapping pursuant to a valid license; traveling with 
any such firearm in such person’s possession being unloaded to 
or from any activity described in the above paragraphs, only if 
such firearm is secured, unloaded and outside the immediate 
access of such person; on real property under the control of
such person’s parent, legal guardian or grandparent and who 
has the permission of such parent, legal guardian or grandparent 
to possess such firearm; or at such person’s residence and who, 
with the permission of such person’s parent or legal guardian, 
possesses such firearm for the purpose of exercising the rights 
of defense. 

CARRYING
State law does not generally prohibit the open carrying of 
a handgun.
The attorney general shall issue licenses to carry concealed 
weapons to qualified persons.  These licenses are valid throughout 
the state for a period of four years from the date of issuance.
Verification by law enforcement that a person holds a valid 
license to carry a concealed weapon may be accomplished by a 
record check using the person’s vehicle tag and driver’s license 
information.
A valid license, issued by any other state or the District of 
Columbia, to carry concealed weapons shall be recognized in 
this state, but only while the holder is not a resident of Kansas, 
the standards for issuance of such state licenses or permits are 
equal or greater than Kansas standards.  The attorney general 
will maintain and publish a list of such states.
The attorney general shall issue a license to carry a concealed 
weapon if the applicant:
Is a resident of the county where the applicant is a resident,
and the applicant has been a resident of the state for six 
months or more immediately preceding the filing of the 
application;
Is a non-resident in the state while on active duty in the
armed forces of the U.S. military.
Is 21 years or more of age
Does not suffer from a physical infirmity which prevents
the safe handling of a weapon;
Hasnever beenconvicted or placed ondiversionfor a felony;
or has been adjudicated as a committing an act that would 
be a felony if committed by an adult
Has not, during the previous five years before the applicant
has been submitted:
a mentally ill person or involuntary patient
committed for the abuse of a controlled substance
convictedorplacedondiversionfor a felonyormisdemeanor
violation of the uniform substance control act or has been 
adjudicated as a juvenile for an act that would be a misdemeanor 
under this act if committed by an adult
convicted or placed on diversion two or more times for
driving a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol
convicted or placed on diversion for a domestic violence
misdemeanor or adjudicated as a juvenile for an act that 
would be a domestic violence misdemeanor if committed 
as adult
convicted for criminal use of a weapon or has been adjudicated
 as a juvenile for criminal use of a weapon
convicted of carrying a weapon while under the influence
of drugs or alcohol or has been adjudicated as a juvenile for
carrying a weapon under the influence of drugs or alcohol
Desires a legal means to carry a concealed weapon for lawful
purposes
Presents evidence satisfactory of the attorney general that
the applicant has satisfactorily completed a weapons safety 
and training course
Has not been adjudicated a disabled person under the act
for obtaining a guardian and conservator, or both, or a 
similar act in another state unless the applicant was ordered 
restored to capacity three or more years before an application 
is submitted
Has not been dishonorably discharged from military service
Is a citizen of the United States
Is not subject to a restraining order issued under the protection
 from abuse act, under the protection from stalking act 
or any equivalent from another state
The attorney general shall adopt procedures and standards 
for an eight-hour safety and training course.  The applicant shall 
pay the cost of the weapons safety and training course.  Satisfactory 
completion of the course is demonstrated by evidence of 
completion of the course, in the form provided by the regulations adopted 
by the attorney general or an affidavit from the 
instructor, school, club or organization that conducted or taught 
such course attesting to the completion of the course.
Prior to renewal of the license the licensee shall submit 
evidence to the attorney general that the licensee has requalified 
by completion of an approved course given by an instructor of 
an approved weapons safety and training course.
The applicant shall submit to the sheriff of the county 
where the applicant resides, during any normal business hours: 
a completed application; a non-refundable fee not to exceed 
$150.  if the applicant has not previously been issued a statewide 
license or if the applicant's license has permanently expired; 
the applicant must provide a photocopy of a certificate or a 
document verifying that the applicant has completed a weapons 
training and safety course, and a full frontal view photograph 
taken within the preceding 30 days.
The sheriff shall provide for the full set of fingerprints of 
the applicant to be taken and forwarded to the attorney general 
for the purposes of a criminal history records check.  The sheriff 
shall also forward a copy of the application and $110.00 of the 
original license fee, or $50.00 of the renewal license fee, to the 
attorney general.  The cost of taking such fingerprints shall be 
included in the portion of the fee retained by the sheriff.
The sheriff may participate in the licensing process by 
submitting a voluntary report to the attorney general containing 
readily accessible information, corroborated by public records, 
which when combined with another enumerated factor, establishes 
that the applicant poses a significantly greater threat to 
law enforcement and the public than the average citizen.
Each applicant shall be subject to a state and national criminal 
history records check for the purpose of verifying the identity 
of the applicant and whether the applicant has been convicted 
of any crime that would disqualify the applicant from holding
a license.  The attorney general, for the purposes of determining 
the applicant’s eligibility only, may access criminal records that 
have been expunged by the court.
The attorney general has 180 days to issue or deny the 
license.  The denial must be based solely on whether the applicant
 fails to qualify under the criteria for receiving a concealed 
handgun license, and the information provided by the sheriff 
of the residence of the applicant.  if the license is denied, the 
attorney general shall notify the applicant in writing, stating 
the grounds for denial and informing the applicant of a right 
to hearing under the administrative procedures act.
Within 30 days after changing any permanent address, 
or within 30 days after having a license lost or destroyed, the 
licensee shall notify the attorney general of such change, loss, or 
destruction.  Failure to notify the attorney general may result in 
the imposition of a fine or revocation of the license.  in the event 
that a concealed weapon license is lost or destroyed, the license 
shall be automatically invalid.  A duplicate may be obtained at 
a cost of $15, after the licensee furnishes the attorney general 
with a notarized statement of the loss or destruction.
The attorney general shall suspend or revoke the license of 
any person who would be ineligible to receive a license at such 
time or who fails to submit evidence of completion of a weapons 
safety and training course.  The suspension or revocation shall 
be subject to review by the district court.
The sheriff of a county where a restraining order is issued 
that would prohibit issuance of a license, shall notify the attorney general
 immediately upon the receipt of such order.  if 
the person subject to the restraining order holds a concealed 
weapons license, the attorney general shall immediately revoke 
the license.
Not less than 90 days prior to the expiration date of the 
license, the attorney general shall mail to the licensee a written 
notice of the expiration and a renewal form.  The licensee shall 
renew the license on or before the expiration date by filing with 
sheriff of the applicant’s county of residence the renewal form, 
a notarized affidavit that the licensee remains qualified, a full 
frontal photograph taken within the preceding 30 days, and a 
nonrefundable license renewal fee not to exceed $100.  A licensee 
who fails to file a renewal application on or before the expiration 
date of the license must pay an additional late fee of $15.  if the 
licensee is qualified, the license shall be renewed upon receipt by 
the attorney general.  No licensed shall be renewed six months 
or more after the expiration date of the license, and such application
 shall be deemed permanently expired.  A person whose 
license has been permanently expired may reapply for licensure, 
but an application for licensure and fees shall be submitted, and 
a background investigation shall be conducted.
No license shall authorize the licensee to carry a concealed 
weapon into:
Any place where an activity declared a common nuisance
is maintained;
Any police, sheriff, or highway patrol station;
Any detention facility or jail;
Any courthouse;
Any courtroom,exceptthat nothing precludes a judgefrom
carrying a concealed weapon or determining who will carry 
a concealed weapon in the judge's courtroom;
Any polling place on the day an election is held;
Any meeting governing board of any county, city, or other
political or taxing subdivision of the state, or any committee 
or subcommittee thereof;
On the state fairgrounds;
Any athletic event
Any state office building;
Any athleticeventnotrelated to orinvolvingfirearmswhich
is sponsored by a private or public elementary or secondary 
school or any private or public institution of postsecondary 
education;
Any professional athletic event not related to or involving
firearms;
Any portion of a drinking establishment except that this
provision shall not apply to a restaurant;
Any elementary or secondary school building or structure
used for student instruction or attendance;
Any community college, college or university facility;
Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by
federal or state law;
Any child exchange and visitation center provided for in
K.S.A. 75-720, and amendments thereto;
Any community mental health center; psychiatric hospital;
or state psychiatric hospital, as follows: Larned state hospital, Osawatomie 
state hospital or Rainbow mental health 
facility;
Any city hall;
Any public library operated by the state or by a political
subdivision of the state;
Anyday carehome or groupday carehome, or anypreschool
or childcare center, or
Any church or temple
Nothing in this shall be construed to prevent:
Any public or private employer from restricting or prohibiting 
in any manner persons licensed under this act from 
carrying a concealed weapon while on the premises of the 
employer's business or while engaged in the duties of the 
person's employment by the employer;
Any entity owning or operating business premises open to
the public from restricting or prohibiting in any manner 
persons licensed under this act from carrying a concealed 
weapon while on such premises, provided that the premises 
are posted, in a manner reasonably likely to come to the attention 
of persons entering the premises, as premises where 
carrying a concealed weapon is prohibited; or
A property owner from restricting or prohibiting in any
manner persons licensed under this act from carrying a
concealed weapon while on such property, provided that 
the premises are posted, in a manner reasonably likely to 
come to the attention of persons entering the property 
where carrying a concealed weapon is prohibited.
MACHINE GUNS
It is unlawful to possess: any device designed, used or intended 
for use in silencing the report of any firearm; a shotgun with 
a barrel less than 18 inches in length: or any firearm designed 
to discharge or capable of discharging automatically more than 
once by a single function of the trigger.
Exempt from this prohibition are: persons engaged in certain 
law-enforcement related occupations, items rendered unserviceable, 
or those items possessed which have been registered properly 
under the National Firearms Act.

MISCELLANEOUS
It is unlawful to change, alter, remove or obliterate the name 
of the maker, model, manufacturer’s number or other identifying 
mark of any firearm. Possession of such a firearm is prima facie 
evidence of guilt.

Only the State of Kansas reserves the right to bring suit 
and recover against any firearms or ammunition manufacturer 
or federally licensed firearms or ammunition dealer, by or on 
behalf of the state of or any political subdivision of the state, 
for damages or relating to the lawful design or sale of firearms 
or ammunition.
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 firearm or ammunition, or any 
component thereof, other than those expressly authorized by 
statute.  Any such ordinance, resolution or regulation adopted 
prior to the effective date of this act shall de null and void.  For 
purposes of this section, a statute that does not refer to firearms 
or ammunition, or components thereof, shall not be construed 
to provide express authorization.  There are some exemptions 
to this statute.

Sources:  Kansas Statutes Annotated § 21-4201 through § 21-
4206.
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