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Kansas Concealed Carry Reciprocity Map & Gun Laws

Updated: 05/24/2019
Carry allowed with my Kansas permit?
Yes
Yes, Permitless Carry
Yes, Selected State
No

Summary of Kansas Gun Laws

Kansas is a shall-issue state. Permits are issued at the state level by the State Patrol.

There are no requirements for permits to purchase handguns and no firearms registration. 

Open and concealed carry are legal in Kansas. Anyone 21 years of age that is not prohibited from carrying a firearm may carry a concealed firearm in public without a license or permit. Concealed Carry Handgun Licenses (CCHL) are restricted to residents and members of the military stationed in Kansas. The minimum age to obtain a concealed carry permit is 21, and a firearms training course is required. In terms of reciprocity, since Kansas has permitless carry, any person 21 years of age and older who can legally possess a firearm may carry a concealed firearm on his or her person without a license or permit.

The minimum age to possess a firearm with a barrel less than 12 inches long is 18 years old, except when on such person's land or in such person's abode or fixed place of business. There are other exceptions for 18-year-olds, including when attending a firearms safety course, target shooting at established ranges or when hunting.

Kansas is a Castle Doctrine state and has adopted a "stand your ground" statute. There is no duty to retreat, and the law applies at a person's residence, vehicle or business. 

85k
Permits Issued
2.9M
State Population
2.92%
Permit Percentage
51
States Honored
39
Reciprocating States.
21
Minimum Age to CC

Kansas Gun Laws at a Glance

Open Carry/ Concealed Carry Basics

Constitutional Carry?

Does Kansas allow constitutional carry?

Yes.

Open Carry Permitted?

Is open carry permitted in Kansas?

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

Gun Permit Licensure?

If Kansas requires a permit to carry a concealed firearm, how are those permits issued?

Shall issue, with discretion.

Minimum Age for Concealed Carry?

What is the minimum age in Kansas to get a concealed carry permit?

21

Weapons Other Than Handguns Allowed?

Can you conceal carry weapons other than handguns in Kansas with a concealed carry permit (or under permitless carry if applicable)?

No.

Non-Resident Permitting?

Does Kansas issue concealed carry permits to non-residents?

Yes, only to active-duty military personnel and their dependents stationed in Kansas.

Public Access to Concealed Carry Registry?

Does Kansas allow the public to access concealed carry registry information through public records law?

Kansas does not allow personal application or license information of concealed weapons license holders to be made public, however the information is available for law enforcement.  In addition, records of individuals who have had their licenses suspended or revoked are open to inspection under the state’s public records act.

Carry Locations

Carry in Vehicle?

Can you carry a concealed firearm in a vehicle 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.

Carry at Roadside Rest Areas?

Can you carry a concealed firearm at roadside rest areas in Kansas?

Yes.

Carry in State/National Parks, State/National Forests and Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs)?

Can you carry a concealed firearm in state/national parks, state/national forests and Wildlife Management Areas in Kansas?

Yes.

Carry in Restaurants That Serve Alcohol?

Can you carry a firearm in restaurants that serve alcohol in Kansas?

Yes, unless posted.

Store in a Vehicle in an Employee Parking Lot?

Does Kansas have laws relating to storing firearms in private vehicles in an employee parking lot?

No employer may prohibit possession of a handgun in a private means of conveyance, even if parked on the employer’s premises. In addition, no public employer shall restrict or otherwise prohibit by personnel policies any employee, who is legally qualified, from carrying any concealed handgun while engaged in the duties of such employee's employment outside of such employer's place of business, including while in a means of conveyance.

[Kan. Stat. Ann. § 75-7c10(b)]

Additional Related State Laws

Must Notify Officer You're Carrying?

Are you required to notify a police officer that you're carrying a concealed firearm in Kansas?

No.

Magazine Limits for Handguns?

Does Kansas have magazine capacity restrictions for handguns?

No.

Ammunition Restrictions?

Does Kansas have ammunition restrictions?

Yes. The sale and possession of plastic-coated handgun ammunition is prohibited.

"No Weapons Allowed" Signs Enforced?

Are "No Weapons Allowed" signs enforced in Kansas? If yes, violating the sign would be considered to be a crime. If no, violating the sign would not be considered a criminal offense.

No.

Preemption?

Does Kansas have preemption laws related to concealed carry (i.e. Does state law supersede local laws regarding the possession of handguns)?

Yes.  The authority to regulate firearms is reserved to the state, except local municipalities may:

  • Prohibit concealed handguns in state and municipal buildings that have adequate security measures, including electronic equipment and personnel; and
  • Prohibit public employees from carrying concealed handguns while on the premises of the employer’s business or while engaged in the duties of the person’s employment.

[Kan. Stat. Ann. § 12-16, 124]

[Kan. Stat. Ann. §§ 75-7c10(a) and (b)]
Red Flag Law?

Does Kansas have a red flag law?

No.

Open Carry/ Concealed Carry Basics

Tasers or Stun Guns?

Is it legal to own a taser or stun gun in Kansas?

Yes. Stun guns and Tasers are legal to purchase and possess without a permit. However, they are not allowed in schools [72-6132].


STATE CONSTITUTIONAL PROVISION
A person has the right to keep and bear arms for the defense of self, family, home and state, for lawful hunting and recreational use, and for any other lawful purpose; 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

Kansas Concealed Carry Reciprocity With Other States

Which states' permits does Kansas honor?

Alabama (if at least 21 years old)
Alaska (if at least 21 years old)
Arizona (if at least 21 years old)
Arkansas (if at least 21 years old)
California (if at least 21 years old)
Colorado (if at least 21 years old)
Connecticut (if at least 21 years old)
Delaware (if at least 21 years old)
District of Columbia (if at least 21 years old)
Florida (if at least 21 years old)
Georgia (if at least 21 years old)
Hawaii (if at least 21 years old)
Idaho (if at least 21 years old)
Illinois (if at least 21 years old)
Indiana (if at least 21 years old)
Iowa (if at least 21 years old)
Kentucky (if at least 21 years old)
Louisiana (if at least 21 years old)
Maine (if at least 21 years old)
Maryland (if at least 21 years old)
Massachusetts (if at least 21 years old)
Michigan (if at least 21 years old)
Minnesota (if at least 21 years old)
Mississippi (if at least 21 years old)
Missouri (if at least 21 years old)
Montana (if at least 21 years old)
Nebraska (if at least 21 years old)
Nevada (if at least 21 years old)
New Hampshire (if at least 21 years old)
New Jersey (if at least 21 years old)
New Mexico (if at least 21 years old)
New York (if at least 21 years old)
New York City (if at least 21 years old)
North Carolina (if at least 21 years old)
North Dakota (if at least 21 years old)
Ohio (if at least 21 years old)
Oklahoma (if at least 21 years old)
Oregon (if at least 21 years old)
Pennsylvania (if at least 21 years old)
Rhode Island (if at least 21 years old)
South Carolina (if at least 21 years old)
South Dakota (if at least 21 years old)
Tennessee (if at least 21 years old)
Texas (if at least 21 years old)
Utah (if at least 21 years old)
Vermont (if at least 21 years old)
Virginia (if at least 21 years old)
Washington (if at least 21 years old)
West Virginia (if at least 21 years old)
Wisconsin (if at least 21 years old)
Wyoming (if at least 21 years old)

Since Kansas has permitless carry, any person 21 years of age and older who can legally possess a firearm may carry a concealed firearm on his or her person without a license or permit.

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Other States' Reciprocity With Kansas

Which states honor permits from Kansas?

Kansas residents can carry a concealed defensive firearm in the state of Oklahoma without any type of permit. You must carry your Kansas driver's license or state-issued ID when carrying your firearm in Oklahoma.

Note: Firearms must be carried in accordance with the laws of the state you are visiting. Be sure to check the laws of the other state before traveling there with your firearms.


States That Have Restricted Reciprocity with Kansas

Which states honor permits from Kansas with restrictions?

Colorado (resident permits only)
Florida (resident permits only)
Michigan (resident permits only)
Pennsylvania (resident permits only)
South Carolina (resident permits only)

Permitless Carry States

Anyone who can legally possess a firearm may carry it concealed in permitless carry states without a permit/license. Check each state’s page for more information and any restrictions that may apply.

Alaska (if at least 21 years old)
Arizona (if at least 21 years old)
Arkansas (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)
Vermont (if at least 18 years old)
West Virginia (if at least 21 years old)

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Kansas Concealed Carry Permit Information

Requirements:

An applicant must:

  • Be at least 21 years old;
  • Have completed an 8-hour firearms training course;
  • Be a citizen of the United States, a permanent resident alien or an eligible non-immigrant alien;
  • Be a resident of the State of Kansas with a valid driver’s license or state-issued identification card, or reside in Kansas while serving on active duty in the military;
  • Be a resident of the county where applying;
  • Have read the Kansas Personal and Family Protection Act and be familiar with its provisions; and
  • Meet federal law requirements.
Fees:

Initial License  $132.50

Renewals  $25

Valid For:

4 years

Processing Time:

90 days

Application:

Kansas Personal and Family Protection Act

Link to application
Non-Resident Concealed Carry Permits:

Non-resident permits are limited to active-duty military personnel and their dependents stationed in Kansas.

Name/Address Changes:

Complete the online Change of Name/Address Notification Form

Lost/Stolen Permits:

Licensees must notify the Concealed Carry Licensing Unit (CCLU) of the attorney general’s office in writing within 30 days of losing a concealed carry handgun license or having it stolen. Complete the Lost or Destroyed Permit form and have it notarized. Mail it along with a fee of $15.00 in the form of a cashier’s check, personal check or money order made payable to the Office of Attorney General at the address on the form. Once notified, the CCLU will send the licensee an approval notice to re-issue the license. The licensee will have to go to an approved Kansas Department of Revenue station to obtain the re-issued CCHL. The Kansas Department of Revenue will charge a fee to generate a new CCHL.


Kansas Concealed Carry Permit Application Process

How to Apply for a Kansas Concealed Carry Permit

Step 1:

Complete a training course on firearms.

Step 2:

Download and read the Kansas Personal and Family Protection Act.

Step 3:

Download and complete the application.

Step 4:

Take the completed application with the following documents to the sheriff in the county of residence:

  • Photocopy of certificate showing completion of training course;
  • A passport-style color photograph taken within the preceding 30 days;
  • A photocopy of your Kansas driver’s license or Kansas identification card; and
  • Two checks, one for $100 (payable to Kansas Attorney General) and the other for $32.50 (payable to the county sheriff).

You will be fingerprinted.

Step 5:

You will be notified by mail if your application has been approved.


Firearms Training Requirements in Kansas

The applicant must complete an 8-hour handgun safety and training course approved by the attorney general. The course must include:

Safety and training courses taken outside the state of Kansas can satisfy Kansas’ concealed carry permitting requirement if the attorney general has certified that the out-of-state course meets or exceeds the standards set by Kansas law.

No additional training is required for permit renewals.

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Kansas Concealed Carry Permit Renewal Process

How to Renew a Kansas Concealed Carry Permit

Step 1:

A renewal notice, instructions and an application form will be mailed to the licensee’s address at least 90 days before expiration. For the time being, renewal applications will not be available online or made available on the Attorney General’s website.  This most likely will change as the renewal process develops. 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.

Step 2:

Complete the application form and have it notarized. 

Step 3:

Either mail the completed, notarized application with the following documents via certified mail to the Attorney General or hand deliver the package to the Attorney General’s Office (Topeka) in lieu of certified mail.

  • A passport-style color photograph taken within the preceding 30 days;and
  • A check, for $25 (payable to Kansas Attorney General).
Step 4:

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.


Law Enforcement Officers (LEO)/Retired LEOs

Law enforcement officers (LEOs) and Retired LEOs (RLEOs) may choose to carry under the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA), often referred to as HR 218. Under 18 U.S. Code §§ 926B & 926C, qualified LEOs and qualified retired LEOs, or those separated from service in good standing, can carry a concealed firearm in any jurisdiction in the United States, regardless of state or local laws, with some exceptions. For details check out our Federal Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA) page.

Kan. Stat. Ann. § 75-7c05(g) outlines the requirements for RLEOs to qualify in Kansas. The Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) has established a procedure for providing qualified retired or separated law enforcement officers the opportunity for annual firearms qualification on the State of Kansas standard firearms qualification course of fire at KLETC. Qualification dates can be found on the KLETC website.

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Kansas Location Restrictions

Where Can I Carry a Concealed Firearm in Kansas?

  • Carry in restaurants that serve alcohol? Yes, provided you are not under the influence. 
  • Carry in my vehicle without a permit/license? Yes, for anyone at least 21 years old.
  • Carry in roadside rest areas? Yes.
  • Carry in state/national parks, state/national forests, and WMAs? Yes.
  • Carry in places of worship? There is no State statute prohibiting concealed carry in places of worship. However, since places of worship are private property, they may post signs prohibiting firearms.
Where Can't I Carry a Concealed Firearm in Kansas?

Places off-limits even with a permit/license

  • Public and private K-12 schools, if posted “No Firearms” or at any regularly scheduled school-sponsored activity or event;
  • A Kansas university, college or community college with "adequate security measures," if posted;
  • A municipally or state-owned medical care facility;
  • A community mental health center;
  • An indigent health care clinic;
  • Governor's residence;
  • Any public areas of state or municipal buildings that have been equipped with adequate security measures and are posted “No Firearms”;
  • Secure areas of any buildings for a correctional facility, jail facility or law enforcement agency;
  • State courthouses, if posted;
  • State racetracks, if posted;
  • Private employers, if posted;
  • Anywhere while under the influence of alcohol or drugs; and
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by federal law.

FAQ: Kansas Concealed Carry Questions

Do firearms need to be registered in Kansas?

No.

Is a permit required to purchase a gun in Kansas?

No.

Are background checks required for private gun sales in Kansas?

No.

Is there a waiting period after purchasing a firearm in Kansas?

No.

What are the knife laws in Kansas?

It is legal to open and conceal carry all knives that are legal to own in Kansas. Ballistic knives and throwing stars are illegal.

What are the laws regarding carrying a firearm while using alcohol or prescription medication in KS?

Not while under the influence, per Kan. Stat. Ann. § 21-6332.
As a responsibly armed American, regardless of the laws in your state, it is unwise to carry while under the influence of any substance that could impair your judgement, slow your reaction times, or impact your decision-making abilities. Any decision you make while carrying a firearm could have life-altering consequences.


Related Information & Links for Kansas Gun Laws


Kansas Gun Laws Updates:

Date Details
05/24/2019

Added stun gun/Taser info to At A Glance table

04/29/2019

Added permit renewal and name/address change info

04/18/2019

Links checked

03/29/2019

Added info on state implementation of Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act (LEOSA)

02/20/2019

Added info to vehicle carry in At A Glance table

02/15/2019

Added pages for Federal Gun Laws, Traveling with Firearms & Terminology

02/09/2019

Added ammunition restrictions to At A Glance table

02/06/2019

Added red flag law info to At A Glance table

01/25/2019

Added church info to location restrictions section

01/25/2019

Links checked

01/24/2019

Added FAQ about alcohol or prescription medication

01/10/2019

Mag limit added to At A Glance table

12/13/2018

Added preemption info to At A Glance table

11/30/2018

Added parking lot info to At A Glance table

10/22/2018

Added initial CCW law and reciprocity information for Kansas


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