Kansas Gun Laws: What You Need To Know

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As a responsibly armed American, you already know how challenging it can be to stay up to date on gun laws…

Kansas gun owners, you’re in luck. We’ve gathered some of the most frequently asked firearms questions from your state. Read on for answers to some of the top questions regarding Kansas gun laws. (Not from Kansas? Check the Legal & Second Amendment tab for your state!)

Do You Need a Concealed Carry Permit in Kansas?

No. Kansas is a constitutional carry state. Open and concealed carry are legal in Kansas. Anyone at least 21 years of age who is not prohibited from carrying a firearm may openly or concealed carry a firearm in public without a license or permit. An individual under 21 years of age may only do so when on his or her own land, abode or fixed place of business.

Do Guns Have to Be Registered in Kansas? Is There a Waiting Period to Buy a Gun in Kansas?

No. There is no firearms registration requirement in Kansas. In addition, there is no mandated waiting period prior to the purchase of a firearm.

Can I Carry a Loaded Gun in My Car in Kansas?

Yes, without a permit for anyone at least 21 years old and allowed to possess a firearm. The minimum age for possessing and transporting a handgun unloaded and secured in a vehicle without any type of permit/license to carry firearms is 18.

Can You Open Carry at 18 in Kansas?

Yes. Any person who is at least 18 years old and legally entitled to carry a firearm can open carry in Kansas without a permit.

How Much Does a Kansas Concealed Carry Handgun License Cost ?

An initial Kansas Concealed Carry Handgun License costs $132.50. Renewals are $25. The applicant must complete an 8-hour handgun safety and training course approved by the attorney general.

Is Kansas a ‘Stand Your Ground’ State?

Yes. Kansas is a Castle Doctrine state and has adopted a “stand your ground” statute. A person is justified in the use of deadly force if the person reasonably believes that the use of deadly force is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or a third person. There is no duty to retreat, and the law applies at a person’s residence, vehicle or business.

What States Honor Kansas Concealed Carry?

Thirty-nine states recognize a Kansas Concealed Carry Handgun License (CCHL) or allow permitless carry.

  • Alabama
  • Colorado (resident permits only)
  • Delaware
  • Florida (resident permits only)
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Louisiana
  • Michigan (resident permits only)
  • Minnesota
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania (resident permits only)
  • South Carolina (resident permits only)
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Permitless Carry States

  • Arizona (if at least 21 years old)
  • Alaska (if at least 21 years old)
  • Arkansas (if at least 21 years old)
  • Kentucky (if at least 21 years old)
  • Maine (permit recognized; see Maine Reciprocity section for details)
  • Mississippi (if at least 21 years old)
  • Missouri (if at least 19 years old)
  • New Hampshire (if at least 18 years old)
  • South Dakota (if at least 18 years old)
  • Vermont (if at least 18 years old)
  • West Virginia (if at least 21 years old)

Ready to Learn More About Kansas Gun Laws?

It is your responsibility as a gun owner to know and understand the laws regarding your concealed carry rights. The USCCA’s Concealed Carry Reciprocity & Gun Laws Map has been designed to help inform and educate armed citizens like you. To learn more about Kansas’ concealed carry permit application process, concealed carry restrictions and training requirements, visit the Kansas gun laws page now…

The information contained on this website is provided as a service to USCCA, Inc. members and the concealed carry community and does not constitute legal advice. Although we attempt to address all areas of concealed carry laws in all states, we make no claims, representations, warranties, promises or guarantees as to the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information disclosed. Legal advice must always be tailored to the individual facts and circumstances of each individual case. Laws are constantly changing, and, as such, nothing contained on this website should be used as a substitute for the advice of a lawyer.

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