Kansas Gun Laws

Gun Control Laws in Kansas

Kansas gun laws are pretty permissive, but they are in place to regulate the sale, usage, possession, and transfer of firearms and ammunition for the state. Before 2006 Kansas did not allow any concealed carry. The Personal and Family Protection Act changed that, and now Kansas does issue concealed permits to residents. Prior open carry was allowed even though concealed carry was not. In 2014 the state took over all regulations regarding firearms and nullified local and county laws. Kansas gun laws are called “Unrestricted,” and they are a “Shall Issue” state. You have to be 18 years or older to purchase a firearm from a private sale in Kansas. If you are buying from a dealer, then you need to be 21 or older. You are legally able to use a firearm if you are younger than 18 and hunting, attending a firearm safety course, in a shooting competition, on your parent’s property, at home with a legal adult or traveling to a safety course or competition.

State CCW Quick Facts

  • Shall Issue State gun policy
  • Yes Open Carry Permitted
  • Yes Constitutional Carry
  • Yes – In Restaurants That Serve Alcohol Carry In Restaurants
  • Yes Carry In Vehicle
  • Residents License issued to
  • 37 # of states that honor Kansas license
  • 53 # of state licenses that Kansas honors
  • 4 Years license is valid
  • 133 $ cost of the license
  • 21 Minimum age for license permit

Kansas’s policy is Shall Issue in practice and its license is issued to residents. You can carry a handgun in: state parks, state and national forests, road side rest areas, public grounds and parking lots/garages, vehicle, all areas of the state not listed as forbidden.

KS CCW Reciprocity Map

States offer reciprocity with one another for residents and non-residents to travel across state lines with firearms. States that honor Kansas concealed carry permits for residents are:

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

States that honor Kansas gun permits for non-residents are:

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Kansas in-kind offers reciprocity to these states:

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, the District of Columbia, New York City, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

AK AL AR AZ CA CO CT DE FL GA HI IA ID IL IN KS KY LA MA MD ME MI MN MS MO MT NC ND NE NH NJ NM NV NY OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VA VT WA WI WV WY DC
  • Permit honored
  • Permit not honored
  • Issuing state

Kansas Concealed Carry Laws and Permit

The state Attorney General issues concealed carry licenses through the county sheriff’s office. It may take up to 90 days for processing when you apply. You have no legal obligation to notify an officer if you are carrying a weapon. You also do not have to worry about any “no weapons” signs. If you are 21, you can carry a loaded gun in your car concealed or open. If you are younger than twenty-one, then you must have it unloaded and secured in the trunk. Open carry is completely allowed throughout Kansas, and you can carry in restaurants or other establishments that sell alcohol. You may also carry in state parks. However, you may not carry in schools, government buildings, racetracks, courthouses, or if you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

CCW Eligibility: Qualify or Pre-Qualify?

To be eligible to get a concealed carry permit, you must be 21 years old. You have to complete an 8-hour training course and be a U.S. citizen. You must also be a resident of Kansas and the county where you are applying. You must read and agree to all the stipulations in the Kansas Personal and Family Protection Act. You must also comply with all federal regulations. Once you have your permit, you can carry almost anywhere except the list of “off limit” areas. Licenses cost $132.50 for new and $25 to renew.

Kansas Gun Background Check

Kansas is not a “point of sale” state and has no in-house process or any requirement for background checks. However, firearms dealers must comply with federal regulations and run an FBI approved background check using NCIS. Kansas residents with a CCW are exempt from having to undergo a background check when purchasing a gun in Kansas.

CCW Permit Information

Requirements

  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • You have completed an 8 hour firearms training course.
  • A citizen of the United States, a permanent resident alien or an eligible non-immigrant alien.
  • A resident of the State of Kansas with a valid driver’s license or state-issued identification card, or residing in Kansas while serving on active duty in the military.
  • A resident of the county where applying.
  • You have read the Kansas Personal and Family Protection Act and are familiar with its provisions.
  • Federal law requirements

Application

  1. Complete a training course on firearms.
  2. Download and read the Kansas Personal and Family Protection Act from under the FORMS tab.
  3. Download the application under the FORMS tab.
  4. You will need the following documents; Completed application form Photocopy of certificate showing completion of training course A 2”x2” passport-style color photograph taken within the preceding 30 days A photocopy of your Kansas driver’s license or Kansas identification card Two checks, one for $100 (payable to Kansas Attorney General) and the other $32 (payable to the county sheriff)
  5. Personally submit the completed application with photo, training certificate and checks to the sheriff in the county of residence.
  6. The county sheriff will collect the fees, fingerprint the applicant, have the applicant sign a record check waiver and statement and forward the entire packet to the Attorney General’s Office for processing.
  7. You will be notified by mail if your application has been approved.

Renewal

  • Licensees will receive a renewal notice, instructions and an application form by mail 90 days prior to expiration.
  • The application form must be filled out, notarized and mailed back by certified mail to the Attorney General. Licensees may opt to hand deliver their notarized renewal applications to the Attorney General’s Office (Topeka) in lieu of certified mail.
  • The completed renewal application must include a current 2x2 inch color photo of the licensee and a check in the amount of $25.00 made payable to the Kansas Attorney General. Fees may be paid by cashier’s check, money order or personal check only.
  • License renewals do not require training and licensees will not have to submit their applications through the County Sheriff or provide another set of fingerprints.
  • Licensees will be subjected to an electronic criminal history background check prior to renewal.
  • When approved, licensees will be mailed a notice of approval to renew their license. The notice of approval must be taken to a Kansas Driver’s License Station for issuance. Licenses will be renewed for 4 years from the date of expiration.
  • RENEW PROMPTLY! Failure to submit a renewal application prior to expiration will result in an additional fee of $15.00. Licenses are considered permanently expired 6 months after the expiration date. Holders of a permanently expired license will have to submit a new application pursuant to K.S.A. 75-7c05.

Kansas CCW License Fee information

Permit type Fees when getting a new permit Renewal Current license amendment Fingerprint scan fee Fee for firearm classes Additional state fees
Permit to carry concealed handguns $132.50

NOTE
You will need two checks;
$100 – payable to “Office of the Attorney General”
$32.50 – payable to “Sheriff of __________ County”
$25.00 $75 - $125

Places Where You Can & Can’t Carry a Gun in Kansas

Allowed Forbidden
State parks K-12 Schools both Public and Private Buildings if posted “No Firearms”
State and national forests Governors residence
Road side rest areas Any public building with a posted sign saying “No Firearms”
Public grounds and parking lots/garages Secure areas of any buildings for a correctional facility, jail facility or a law enforcement agency
Vehicle State courthouses if posted
All areas of the state not listed as Forbidden State racetracks if posted
Under the influence of alcohol or drugs
Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law

Kansas CCW Contact

Kansas Bureau of Firearms

Hours

Monday – Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

Contact

Address: Kansas Attorney General
Concealed Carry Licensing Unit
120 SW 10th Ave, 2nd Fl.
City: Topeka, KS 66612
Phone: (785) 291-3765

CCW Licensing Offices in Kansas

Allen County Sheriff Office

Office Address
1 N. Washington Iola, KS 66749

Phone
(620) 365-1400

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Anderson County Sheriff Office

Office Address
135 E 5th Ave, Garnett, KS 66032

Phone
(785) 448-5428

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Atchison County Sheriff Office

Office Address
518 Parallel St. Atchison, KS 66002

Phone
(913) 804-6080

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Barber County Sheriff Office

Office Address
124 E Washington Ave, Medicine Lodge, KS 67104

Phone
(620) 886-5678

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Barton County Sheriff Office

Office Address
1416 Kansas Ave., Great Bend, KS 67530

Phone
(620) 793-1876

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Bourbon County Sheriff Office

Office Address
204 S National Ave., Fort Scott, KS 66701

Phone
(620) 223-1440

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Brown County Sheriff Office

Office Address
709 Utah Street Hiawatha, KS 66434

Phone
(785) 742-7125

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Butler County Sheriff Office

Office Address
141 S. Gordy Street, El Dorado, Kansas 67042

Phone
(316) 322-4254

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