State Laws

Kansas Gun Laws


Kansas Gun Laws
Like most other states no permit is needed to purchase handguns, rifles, or shotguns in the state of Kansas. There is also no registration necessary for handguns, shotguns, or rifles. Owners do not even need licenses to own handguns, rifles, or shotguns. Permits are, however, necessary to carry handguns but not rifles or shotguns. Despite not needing a permit to purchase firearms, it is illegal to sell, transfer, or give a firearm with twelve-inch barrel or less to any individual under the age of eighteen. Kansas law prohibits transferring, giving, or selling firearms to certain individuals. These individuals include those who are illegal users of and are addicted to any controlled substance; individuals who have been convicted, in the past ten years, of specific felonies while possessing a firearm; individuals who have been convicted of felonies in the past five years; and individuals who have been convicted of felonies while using a firearm during the crime. Even if the felonies have been expunged or pardoned, if they fall under the specified criteria, the individuals are still not allowed to possess a firearm until the designated time has passed.

According to Kansas law it is illegal to transfer, give, or sell firearms to those addicted to alcohol or narcotics. Kansas also has a new law that allows Kansas residents to purchase firearms from dealers outside of Kansas, as long as the dealers are licensed and the purchase is in compliance with Kansas law and federal laws.

Possessing Firearms in the State of Kansas
Like the selling of firearms, only the few are allowed to possess them. Controlled substance addicts and users are not allowed by Kansas law to possess any form of firearm. Individuals who have violated provisions of Kansas' controlled substances uniform act lose their eligibility along with any convicted felon. Those in violation of any offense that is equivalent to a Kansas felony also lose their gun rights. Adjudicated juveniles for offenses that are the equivalent of an adult felony are not eligible for gun possession nor are juveniles who have violated the controlled substances uniform act. Juvenile offenders who have committed offenses using firearms lose their right to bear them.

Kansas also has a ten-year statute where those have committed certain offenses may gain back their firearm privileges after a ten-year waiting period. These offenses include specific felonies, specific offenses that are equivalent to felonies, certain adjudicated juveniles for adult offenses, some offenses that did not include using a firearm that were later pardoned or expunged, and certain individuals who have been released from imprisonment for a nonperson felony that would otherwise be charged as an adult offense.

Legal Firearm Possession
In most cases any form of gun is not allowed on school property, unless carried by law enforcement. Firearms can exist on school property under certain stipulations that include usage in a safety class, permission granted by the school's superintendent or head administrator, being carried in a parent or otherwise authorized adult's vehicle while picking up a student, and during the hours on election day while contained in a registered voter's secured vehicle.

See also:
Kansas Felony
Kansas Divorce
Kansas Bankruptcy
Kansas Misdemeanors External link (opens in new window)
Kansas Expungement External link (opens in new window)
Kansas Lemon Law External link (opens in new window)