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Kansas Gun Laws

Kansas Gun Laws

Kansas is one of the states that significantly honors an American’s Second Amendment right to bear arms. While gun advocates praise the state for their firearm laws, critics believe their gun control laws are extremely lenient.

Anyone who is 18 years of age or older is allowed to open carry a firearm without a permit. While there is no minimum age to possess a firearm in Kansas, a child under the age of 18 is not allowed to carry a gun with a barrel less than 12 inches long, unless he/she is taking a safety course, in a shooting range, hunting with a valid license, or has permission from a parent or elder family member on their own property.

Anyone who is at least 21 years old is allowed to carry a concealed firearm without a permit. If a resident wishes to another state that requires a permit, he/she must file for a permit with the local sheriff.

Firearms dealers are not required to obtain a license to sell guns in the state, as long as they aren’t automatic weapons, shotguns with barrels less than 18 inches, certain handgun cartridges, spring gun traps, and silencers. Background checks and firearm registration are not required. There is no limit to how many firearms a resident can own.

The following are the specific individuals or groups who are not allowed to carry a firearm in Kansas:

  • Alcohol and drug abusers and addicts
  • Mentally ill individuals who are involuntarily institutionalized
  • Convicted felons

Residents and visitors can carry firearms at state parks and forests, in vehicles, on public grounds, in parking garages/lots, in roadside rest areas, in restaurants that serve alcohol, and in vehicles. However, firearms are prohibited in K-12 schools with a “No Firearms” sign, state courthouses, Governor's residence, racetracks, secured facilities such as jails and police departments, places of worship, public libraries, and any place where it is against federal law to carry a gun.

However, according to the Personal and Family Protection Act of 2006, school districts may allow employees to carry concealed weapons on campus. Unlawfully carrying a firearm on school grounds is considered a class B misdemeanor, punishable by a maximum six-month jail term and a fine of up to $1,000.

For more information about gun laws in Kansas, contact our legal team at Stein Law, LLC and schedule a free consultation today.


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