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Is it Legal to Open Carry in Kansas?

If you own or wish to own a firearm in Kansas, you should know the laws when it comes to gun possession, carry, and use. This will help you not only keep your weapon safe and reduce the risk of a serious accident, but also help you stay out of trouble with the law. It can be hard to find the truth when it comes to these laws as well, with so many different people offering different explanations or interpretations. Here are the current laws regarding firearm possession in Kansas.

Open Carry
Kansas allows full and complete open carry of all legal firearms, including rifles, handguns, shotguns, and more. This includes weapons that are covered by the National Firearms Act, which includes short-barreled shotguns, machine guns, silencers, and more. This is valid state-wide, as recent legislation recently overruled all local and county ordinances that placed restrictions on firearms, making the state laws described here the only enforceable laws within Kansas state lines.

Concealed Carry
As of July 1, 2015, anyone who may legally own a firearm may also carry it concealed without a permit in the state of Kansas. However, you may still obtain a permit for concealed carry, which can have benefits in other states as well. Kansas is considered to be a “shall issue” state, which means that anyone who meets the criteria for receiving a concealed carry permit shall be issued one, and the state does not require any reasonable grounds or proof of need in order to issue the permit.

Mandatory Registration
Firearms do not need to be registered in the state of Kansas upon purchase, nor do private sales require a background check or authentication from the state or any other governing body.

Missouri Laws

What happens when you cross the border into Missouri to visit our neighbors? Thousands of people in Kansas City make this trip every day, so what happens if you take your firearm over the state line? Well, the good news is the laws are very similar.

Open Carry
Unlike Kansas, which has a state-wide enforcement of fully-legal open carry, Missouri does not have a state-wide statute, so certain areas may have more stringent restrictions on open carry. However, Missouri’s state laws do say that a valid concealed carry license automatically grants the holder the ability to carry the weapon openly, superseding any local laws that may be in effect. If you do wish to carry in one of these areas, you must also keep your concealed carry permit with you.

Concealed Carry
As of January 1 of this year, Missouri has legalized concealed carry without a permit for all weapons. However, the local bans on certain firearms can still take effect, necessitating the need for a concealed carry permit to continue to carry a concealed weapon in these areas. Like Kansas, Missouri is also a “shall issue” state, meaning the legislator will issue a permit to anyone demonstrates that they fit the pre-outlined criteria.

Mandatory Registration
Like Kansas, Missouri does not require any registration for firearm purchase, nor does it require any license to carry or own a firearm. Concealed carry permits may be obtained at the age of 19. Private sales do not require a background check in Missouri.

If you have been accused of a gun crime or are facing charges of a crime while you had a firearm on you, obtain high-quality defense from a skilled Kansas City criminal defense attorney by calling Rokusek Stein Law, LLC today! Dial (913) 583-0465 to get started.


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