State law does not generally prohibit the open carrying of a handgun.
The attorney general shall issue licenses to carry concealed weapons to qualified persons. These licenses are valid throughout the state for a period of four years from the date of issuance.
Verification by law enforcement that a person holds a valid license to carry a concealed weapon may be accomplished by a record check using the person’s vehicle tag and driver’s license information.
A valid license, issued by any other state or the District of Columbia, to carry concealed weapons shall be recognized in this state, but only while the holder is not a resident of Kansas, the standards for issuance of such state licenses or permits are equal or greater than Kansas standards. The attorney general will maintain and publish a list of such states.
The attorney general shall issue a license to carry a concealed weapon if the applicant:
- Is a resident of the county where the applicant is a resident, and the applicant has been a resident of the state for six months or more immediately preceding the filing of the application;
- Is a non-resident in the state while on active duty in the armed forces of the U.S. military;
- Is 21 years or more of age;
- Does not suffer from a physical infirmity which prevents the safe handling of a weapon;
- Has never been convicted or placed on diversion for a felony; or has been adjudicated as a committing an act that would be a felony if committed by an adult;
- Has not, during the previous five years before the applicant has been submitted, been:
- a mentally ill person or involuntary patient;
- committed for the abuse of a controlled substance;
- convicted or placed on diversion for a felony or misdemeanor violation of the uniform substance control act or has been adjudicated as a juvenile for an act that would be a misdemeanor under this act if committed by an adult
- convicted or placed on diversion two or more times for driving a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol;
- convicted or placed on diversion for a domestic violence misdemeanor or adjudicated as a juvenile for an act that would be a domestic violence misdemeanor if committed as adult;
- convicted for criminal use of a weapon or has been adjudicated as a juvenile for criminal use of a weapon;
- convicted of carrying a weapon while under the influence of drugs or alcohol or has been adjudicated as a juvenile for carrying a weapon under the influence of drugs or alcohol;
- Desires a legal means to carry a concealed weapon for lawful purposes;
- Presents evidence satisfactory of the attorney general that the applicant has satisfactorily completed a weapons safety and training course;
- Has not been adjudicated a disabled person under the act for obtaining a guardian and conservator, or both, or a similar act in another state unless the applicant was ordered restored to capacity three or more years before an application is submitted;
- Has not been dishonorably discharged from military service
- Is a citizen of the United States;
- Is not subject to a restraining order issued under the protection from abuse act, under the protection from stalking act or any equivalent from another state.
The attorney general shall adopt procedures and standards for an eight-hour safety and training course. The applicant shall pay the cost of the weapons safety and training course. Satisfactory completion of the course is demonstrated by evidence of completion of the course, in the form provided by the regulations adopted by the attorney general or an affidavit from the instructor, school, club or organization that conducted or taught such course attesting to the completion of the course.
Prior to renewal of the license the licensee shall submit evidence to the attorney general that the licensee has requalified by completion of an approved course given by an instructor of an approved weapons safety and training course.
The applicant shall submit to the sheriff of the county where the applicant resides, during any normal business hours: a completed application; a non-refundable fee of $132.50. if the applicant has not previously been issued a statewide license or if the applicant's license has permanently expired; the applicant must provide a photocopy of a certificate or a document verifying that the applicant has completed a weapons training and safety course, and a full frontal view photograph taken within the preceding 30 days.
The sheriff shall provide for the full set of fingerprints of the applicant to be taken and forwarded to the attorney general for the purposes of a criminal history records check. The sheriff shall also forward a copy of the application and $110.00 of the original license fee, or $50.00 of the renewal license fee, to the attorney general. The cost of taking such fingerprints shall be included in the portion of the fee retained by the sheriff.
The sheriff may participate in the licensing process by submitting a voluntary report to the attorney general containing readily accessible information, corroborated by public records, which when combined with another enumerated factor, establishes that the applicant poses a significantly greater threat to law enforcement and the public than the average citizen.
Each applicant shall be subject to a state and national criminal history records check for the purpose of verifying the identity of the applicant and whether the applicant has been convicted of any crime that would disqualify the applicant from holding a license. The attorney general, for the purposes of determining the applicant’s eligibility only, may access criminal records that have been expunged by the court.
The attorney general has 180 days to issue or deny the license. The denial must be based solely on whether the applicant fails to qualify under the criteria for receiving a concealed handgun license, and the information provided by the sheriff of the residence of the applicant. if the license is denied, the attorney general shall notify the applicant in writing, stating the grounds for denial and informing the applicant of a right to hearing under the administrative procedures act.
Within 30 days after changing any permanent address, or within 30 days after having a license lost or destroyed, the licensee shall notify the attorney general of such change, loss, or destruction. Failure to notify the attorney general may result in the imposition of a fine or revocation of the license. in the event that a concealed weapon license is lost or destroyed, the license shall be automatically invalid. A duplicate may be obtained at a cost of $15, after the licensee furnishes the attorney general with a notarized statement of the loss or destruction.
The attorney general shall suspend or revoke the license of any person who would be ineligible to receive a license at such time or who fails to submit evidence of completion of a weapons safety and training course. The suspension or revocation shall be subject to review by the district court.
The sheriff of a county where a restraining order is issued that would prohibit issuance of a license, shall notify the attorney general immediately upon the receipt of such order. if the person subject to the restraining order holds a concealed weapons license, the attorney general shall immediately revoke the license.
Not less than 90 days prior to the expiration date of the license, the attorney general shall mail to the licensee a written notice of the expiration and a renewal form. The licensee shall renew the license on or before the expiration date by filing with sheriff of the applicant’s county of residence the renewal form, a notarized affidavit that the licensee remains qualified, a full frontal photograph taken within the preceding 30 days, and a nonrefundable license renewal fee not to exceed $25. A licensee who fails to file a renewal application on or before the expiration date of the license must pay an additional late fee of $15. if the licensee is qualified, the license shall be renewed upon receipt by the attorney general. No licensed shall be renewed six months or more after the expiration date of the license, and such application shall be deemed permanently expired. A person whose license has been permanently expired may reapply for licensure, but an application for licensure and fees shall be submitted, and a background investigation shall be conducted.
No license shall authorize the licensee to carry a concealed weapon into:
- Any place where an activity declared a common nuisance is maintained;
- Any police, sheriff, or highway patrol station;
- Any detention facility or jail;
- Any courthouse;
- Any courtroom, except that nothing precludes a judge from carrying a concealed weapon or determining who will carry a concealed weapon in the judge's courtroom;
- Any polling place on the day an election is held;
- Any meeting governing board of any county, city, or other political or taxing subdivision of the state, or any committee or subcommittee thereof;
- On the state fairgrounds;
- Any athletic event;
- Any state office building;
- Any athletic event not related to or involving firearms which is sponsored by a private or public elementary or secondary school or any private or public institution of postsecondary education;
- Any professional athletic event not related to or involving firearms;
- Any portion of a drinking establishment except that this provision shall not apply to a restaurant;
- Any elementary or secondary school building or structure used for student instruction or attendance;
- Any community college, college or university facility;
- Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by federal or state law;
- Any child exchange and visitation center provided for in K.S.A. 75-720, and amendments thereto;
- Any community mental health center; psychiatric hospital; or state psychiatric hospital, as follows: Larned state hospital, Osawatomie state hospital or Rainbow mental health facility;
- Any city hall;
- Any public library operated by the state or by a political subdivision of the state;
- Any day care home or group day care home, or any preschool or childcare center, or
- Any church or temple.
Nothing in this shall be construed to prevent:
- Any public or private employer from restricting or prohibiting in any manner persons licensed under this act from carrying a concealed weapon while on the premises of the employer's business or while engaged in the duties of the person's employment by the employer;
- Any entity owning or operating business premises open to the public from restricting or prohibiting in any manner persons licensed under this act from carrying a concealed weapon while on such premises, provided that the premises are posted, in a manner reasonably likely to come to the attention of persons entering the premises, as premises where carrying a concealed weapon is prohibited; or
- A property owner from restricting or prohibiting in any manner persons licensed under this act from carrying a concealed weapon while on such property, provided that the premises are posted, in a manner reasonably likely to come to the attention of persons entering the property where carrying a concealed weapon is prohibited.