Posted on January 2, 2012
Last updated December 9, 2013
In our publication 2013 State Scorecard: Why Gun Laws Matter, the Law Center ranked each state based on a review of state laws in 30 different firearms-related policy areas. Kansas ranked 44th out of 50 – having some of the weakest gun laws in the country.
In 2013, the Kansas legislature enacted new laws that relate to firearms. These new laws are described below.
Laws that Weaken Gun Regulation
|KS H 2052||Allows K-12 schools, universities, and community colleges to authorize employees to carry firearms in school buildings; makes concealed weapon permit records confidential, allows concealed weapon permit holders to carry in any building that does not provide adequate notice, as specified, that firearms are prohibited.|
|KS H 2162||Prohibits any state government money from being used to publicize “gun control” issues or to fund a grant recipient or contractor for activities related to lobbying on the issue of gun control.|
|KS S 21||Provides automatic concealed weapon permit reciprocity with all other states.|
|KS S 81||Makes concealed weapon permit information confidential.|
|KS S 102||Seeks to nullify federal law.|
Among other things, Kansas requires certain mentally ill individuals to be reported to the federal database used for firearm purchaser background checks.
Kansas law does not, however:
- Require a background check prior to the transfer of a firearm between unlicensed individuals;
- Require firearms dealers to obtain a state license;
- Regulate the transfer or possession of assault weapons, 50 caliber rifles, or large capacity ammunition magazines;
- Require gun owners to obtain a license, register their firearms, or report lost or stolen firearms;
- Impose a waiting period prior to purchase of a firearm;
- Limit the number of firearms that may be purchased at one time;
- Regulate unsafe handguns (“junk guns” or “Saturday night specials”);
- Significantly regulate ammunition;
- Allow local governments to regulate firearms; or
- Give local law enforcement discretion to deny a concealed handgun permit.
In 2010 Kansas had the 23rd highest number of gun deaths per capita among the states. Iowa had the 21st highest rate of crime gun exports among the states in 2009–meaning that crime guns originally sold in Iowa were recovered after being used in crimes in other states at the 13 lowest rate among the states, Based on data published by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, in 2009, Kansas supplied more than twice as many crime guns to other states per capita that it imported from other states.
Kansas Firearms Laws
For details about specific firearms laws in Kansas, choose a topic below, or see all of the firearms laws in this state.