What are the laws for carrying a handgun in Kansas?


Quick Answer

As of 2015, Kansas does not forbid individuals from carrying handguns openly without documentation, but only qualified individuals with a license may use concealed carry, according to About.com. Non-residents of Kansas may carry a concealed handgun if they have a license issued by another state or the federal government.

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Concealed carry is prohibited in all private, municipal and state buildings, as stated by Derek Schmidt, the Attorney General for the state of Kansas. Open carry is only allowed in these buildings if there is no sign that states otherwise. According to law HB 2578, which took effect on July 1, 2014, these signs must be issued by the Attorney General.

Kansas state law does not require a permit for individuals of legal age to purchase a handgun, as stated by About.com. However, individuals under the age of 18 may not carry a firearm that has a barrel less than 12 inches in length. Persons addicted to narcotics are not allowed to own firearms.

As of 2015, a concealed carry license is valid for four years, as claimed by About.com. If an individual is found in possession of a concealed carry by law enforcement, the officer confirms legal possession by conducting a record check with the individual's license plate number and identification card.

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