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Kansas ccw QUICK FACTS

Carry In Vehicle YES
Must Notify Officer NO
Carry In State Parks Allowed YES
No Weapons Signs Enforced NO
Open Carry Permitted YES
Carry In Liquor Establishments YES
Constitutional Carry YES

Permit Information

Kansas gun laws operate on an “Unrestricted” and “Shall Issue” policy, the later being used for reciprocity. Anyone who is 21 or older and legally allowed to possess a firearm can carry it concealed without a permit. If a permit is required for out-of-state travel an application can be filed with the local sheriff. Applicants must be at least 21 years old and a resident in the county they file in. The application is executed under oath at the local sheriff's office so must be filled out in front of the sheriff. Permits are not available for non-residents.

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Kansas CCW license recognition
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Districts & Territories
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Permitless Carry

Alaska, Arizona, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, Vermont and West Virginia have “Permitless Carry.” If you can legally possess a firearm then you may carry it concealed in those states without a Permit/License.

Kansas CCW Permit

Kansas is an “Unrestricted” & “shall issue” state.
Shall Issue is used for reciprocty.
Residents only.
Permit not required.
The permit is valid for 4 years.

  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • You have completed an 8 hour firearms training course.
  • A citizen of the United States, a permanent resident alien or an eligible non-immigrant alien.
  • A resident of the State of Kansas with a valid driver’s license or state-issued identification card, or residing in Kansas while serving on active duty in the military.
  • A resident of the county where applying.
  • You have read the Kansas Personal and Family Protection Act and are familiar with its provisions.
  • Federal Law – Prohibits the following persons
Follow these steps to obtain a permit

  1. Complete a training course on firearms.
  2. Download and read the Kansas Personal and Family Protection Act from under the FORMS tab.
  3. Download the application under the FORMS tab.
  4. You will need the following documents;
    • Completed application form
    • Photocopy of certificate showing completion of training course
    • A 2”x2” passport-style color photograph taken within the preceding 30 days
    • A photocopy of your Kansas driver’s license or Kansas identification card
    • Two checks, one for $100 (payable to Kansas Attorney General) and the other $32 (payable to the county sheriff)
  5. Personally submit the completed application with photo, training certificate and checks to the sheriff in the county of residence.
  6. The county sheriff will collect the fees, fingerprint the applicant, have the applicant sign a record check waiver and statement and forward the entire packet to the Attorney General’s Office for processing.
  7. You will be notified by mail if your application has been approved.

New Permits: $132.50
Renewal: $25

Accepted forms of payment
Money order, Cashiers check, Personal check

You will need two checks;
$100 – payable to “Office of the Attorney General”
$32.50 – payable to “Sheriff of __________ County”

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Where You Can Carry

  • State parks
  • State and national forests
  • Road side rest areas
  • Public grounds and parking lots/garages
  • Vehicle
  • All areas of the state – except those listed below

Where You Cannot Carry

  • K-12 Schools both Public and Private Buildings if posted “No Firearms”
  • Governors residence
  • Any public building with a posted sign saying “No Firearms”
  • Secure areas of any buildings for a correctional facility, jail facility or a law enforcement agency
  • State courthouses if posted
  • State racetracks if posted
  • Under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law.

Details on Kansas Gun Laws

Concealed carry permits/licenses are issued by the Attorney General. Applications are submitted to the sheriff of the county you reside in.
90 Days
The application for a concealed carry permit/license must be processed within 90 days of the application being received.
NO – Must Inform Officer on Contact By Law
There is nothing in Kansas gun laws that states you must inform a law enforcement officer you have a firearm when approached on official business. GunsToCarry always recommends that you carry your permit, together with photo ID, at all times during which the permittee is in actual possession of a concealed handgun.
“No Weapons” signs are not mentioned in Kansas gun laws. There are no legal penalties for entering a private property or business that has posted these signs. They have no force of law unless they are posted in areas that are mentioned in the law as being off limits.

GunsToCarry recommends that you do not enter a property displaying a “No Weapons” sign whether the law is for or against signage. If asked to leave a property and you refuse to do so then you are breaking the law and put yourself at risk of being charged.

YES – Without a Permit/License
Anyone who is 21 years of age who can legally possess a handgun can carry it concealed or openly in Kansas without any type of permit/license. 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.
YES – Without a Permit/License
Open carry is legal in Kansas with no permit if you are at least 18 years old and allowed to possess a firearm.
YES – In Restaurants That Serve Alcohol
“Yes” or “No” states if you can carry in a restaurant that serves alcohol. Some restaurants may be posted with “NO GUN” signs. Check with the staff if this means just the bar area. If we have indicated a “Yes” then it should be legal to have a meal without drinking alcohol.
You are permitted to carry in state parks, state forests, WMA’s and roadside rest areas

Kansas Contacts

Kansas Attorney General
Concealed Carry Licensing Unit


Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed


Address 120 SW 10th Ave

CityTopeka, KS 66612-1597

Phone (785) 291-3765

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