Kansas Gun Laws
Learn about gun control laws, gun permit requirements, and penalties in Kansas.
In Kansas, adults may purchase and openly carry firearms in public without a permit. In April 2015, new legislation was passed that also permits the concealed carry of firearms without a license. The new law goes into effect on July 1, 2015. (Senate Bill 45.)
Concealed carry licenses will still be issued by the State of Kansas for those who want them, but are no longer required. The availability of the licenses cannot be construed to prohibit the carrying of handguns without a license, whether carried openly or concealed.
Despite the new law, it remains illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to carry a concealed firearm – unless you are on your own land, in your own house, or at your fixed place of business.
For more information, see Open and Concealed Gun Carrying Laws in Kansas.
How to Obtain a Concealed Carry License in Kansas
While a concealed carry license will no longer be required as of July 1, 2015, Kansas will continue to issue licenses for those who desire one. The new law does not eliminate the current concealed carry permit process; instead it removes the licensing barrier for those residents who wish to carry within the state.
The Attorney General of Kansas will still issue concealed carry licenses to people who meet certain requirements. To qualify for a concealed handgun license, you must:
- be at least 21 years old
- be a resident of the county where the application is made
- complete a firearms safety training course, and
- be eligible under state and federal law to possess a firearm.
(Kan. Stat. Ann. 2014 Supp. §§ 75-7c03, 75-7c04.)
Does Kansas Recognize Concealed Carry Licenses From Other States?
Yes. The Kansas Attorney General publishes a list of reciprocal states. If you have a license from one of the reciprocal states, your license is valid in Kansas (but only while the holder is not a resident of Kansas). The concealed carry legislation recently enacted (which takes effect on July 1, 2015), allows the Attorney General to create a list of concealed carry handgun licenses or permits from other jurisdictions that have training requirements greater than or equal to the Kansas requirements. A non-resident seeking a concealed carry license in Kansas must complete an eight-hour firearms safety course. (Kan. Stat. Ann. 2014 Supp. § 75-7c03.)
A current list of reciprocal states is available at the Kansas Attorney General’s website.
Getting Legal Help
If you have any questions about whether you are allowed to carry a gun in Kansas, or if you are facing charges for a gun permit violation, consult a qualified criminal defense lawyer.