Concealed Weapons

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SB418, which authorizes citizens to carry concealed weapons, has been enacted into law over the Governor’s Veto. The bill becomes effective on July 1, 2006, but licenses may not be issued until January 1, 2007.

Application for Licensure

  • Application would be completed under oath and submitted to the sheriff of the county where the applicant resides.
  • Retired Law Enforcement Officers are exempt from the fee.
  • The applicant must submit a full frontal view photograph taken within the preceding thirty days.
  • The sheriff will take the fingerprints of the applicants
  • The sheriff will forward the Application, photograph, fingerprints and $100 of the original fee, and $50 of the renewal fee, to the Attorney General.
  • All fees retained by the sheriff will be deposited in the county general fund and budgeted for use by the sheriff’s department
  • The sheriff accepting an application may submit a report to the Attorney General within 45 days regarding any “readily discoverable prior information” the he or she deems pertinent to the licensing of any application. The sheriff would not incur any liability as a result of a good faith submission of such information.

Qualification for Licensure:

  • US Citizen
  • Resident of county where application is being filed
  • Resident of Kansas for the previous six months
  • 21 years or older
  • Be free from any physical infirmity that prevents safe handling of a weapon (not defined)
  • Desire to carry a concealed weapon for lawful self defense purposes
  • Present evidence of completion of a weapon safety and training course approved by the Attorney General, a law enforcement agency or the NRA. (The Attorney General is required to draft rules and regulations defining the procedures and standards for the training course)

The following persons are automatically disqualified for Licensure:

  • Anyone who has been convicted, placed on diversion, or adjudicated for a felony (adult or Juvenile) in any jurisdiction
  • Anyone who is subject to a restraining order under the Protection from Abuse Act or Protection from Stalking Act
  • Anyone who is contempt of court for failure to pay child support
  • Anyone determined to be disabled under the Act for obtaining a guardian or conservator unless the person was restored to capacity over three years earlier
  • Anyone who has been dishonorably discharged from military service
  • Anyone within the previous five years who had been committed as an involuntary patient, committed for abuse of drugs or alcohol or convicted or placed on diversion for a misdemeanor drug charge
  • Anyone placed on a diversion or convicted two or more times for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Anyone convicted, placed on diversion or adjudicated (Adult or juvenile) of a misdemeanor regarding a person crime or sex offenses committed in any jurisdiction

Concealed weapons are not allowed in the following places:

  • Courthouse
  • Law Enforcement Office
  • Detention facility, prison or jail
  • Polling place on the day an election is held
  • City Hall
  • School, community college, university or school sponsored athletic event
  • Professional athletic event
  • Public Library
  • Day care home
  • A bar
  • State fairgrounds
  • State office building
  • Church or temple
  • Community health center or state hospital
  • Childcare center, preschool or child exchange and visitation center
  • Any public or private employer or business open to the public that conspicuously posts signs prohibiting the carrying of private weapons


  • Class A nonperson misdemeanor for a licensee to carry a concealed weapon while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Class B nonperson misdemeanor to fail to carry the license and a valid driver’s license or nondriver identification card when carrying a concealed weapon, or failure to display the proper identification to a law enforcement officer


  • A sheriff must immediately notify the Attorney General of the issuance of a PFA or PFS order against anyone residing in the county.
  • The Attorney General must maintain a list of license holders and all “pertinent information” of the licensees. The information must be made available to law enforcement at all times.
  • Licensees must notify the Attorney General within 30 days of a change of address or loss or destruction of a license.