Concealed Carry State Laws In Kansas
Concealed carry laws, or CCW’s, in Kansas refers to the legally issued permit which allows for the carrying of a handgun or other weapon in a concealed manner within any place open to the general public.
Not all weapons that fall under concealed carry state laws in Kansas are lethal, there are some states that regulate non-lethal items such a pepper spray that are carried over a set volume requiring the obtaining of a CCW permit. (In some states non-lethal items require a separate permit)
Every State's Concealed Carry Laws Are Unique In Kansas
While in Kansas there is no current federal law that specifically address the issuance of concealed carry permits for private citizens as each state is responsible for the control of concealed carry permits within its sovereign borders. All 50 states have passed laws allowing their respective residents to carry certain concealed firearms in public, either without a permit or after obtaining a permit from their local Sheriff’s office or Chief of police.
In all states and in Kansas the only federal law concerning CCW’s is the Peace Officer Safety Act of 2004, (H.R. 218) to lean about this and all other states Concealed Carry Laws see our database on our website US Precision Defense where we maintain a comprehensive listing of every States weapons laws.
The State Constitution of Kansas states: “The people have the right to bear arms for their defense and: security; but standing armies in time of peace, are dangerous to liberty, and shall not be tolerated, and the military shall be in strict subordination to the civil power.”
Despite having relatively nonrestrictive firearms laws, Kansas remained one of the few states with no provision for the concealed carry of firearms until March 2006, when the state legislature passed Senate Bill 418, "The Personal and Family Protection Act." This bill made Kansas the 47th state to permit concealed carry in some form and the 36th state with a "shall issue" policy.
Under the law, the Attorney General began granting permits to qualified applicants on January 1, 2007. Previously, Kansas had allowed only open carry of firearms, except where prohibited by local ordinance.
Tensions are flaring between U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Kansas over a new state law shielding guns made in the state from federal regulation. Holder recently wrote to Republican Gov. Sam Brownback, saying the new law conflicts with the U.S. Constitution by potentially putting federal authorities in a legal bind.
“Federal officers … cannot be forced to choose between the risk of a criminal prosecution by a state and the continued performance of their duties,” Holder wrote in a letter dated April 26, 2013.
Holder threatened legal action against the state, saying the federal government would do what’s necessary to prevent Kansas from interfering with agents enforcing federal law. The state is already bracing for litigation. State Attorney General Derek Schmidt has asked the Legislature for $225,000 for the next two years to defend the law. Go Kansas! A state that is willing to not only stand up for its citizen’s rights but is also willing to fight for it in the courts.
Call it a public notice, a warning sign or a mark of shame: from here on out, Kansans will know for sure when they enter a public building that has sidestepped the state’s latest firearm law.
One of the most hotly-debated pieces of legislation to come out of the 2013 legislative session, HB 2052 permits the concealed carry of handguns in public buildings – provided your local government hasn’t opted out, that is. Since Gov. Sam Brownback signed the bill into law earlier this year, government entities across the state have been wrestling with the matter, and whether to pursue a six-month exemption before the bill goes into effect July 1, 2013.
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Call it a public notice, a warning sign: from here on out, Kansans will know for sure when they enter a public building that has sidestepped the state’s latest firearm law. One of the most hotly-debated pieces of legislation to come out of the 2013 legislative session, HB 2052 permits the concealed carry of handguns in public buildings, provided the local government hasn’t opted out, that is.
Since Governor Sam Brownback signed the bill into law earlier this year, government entities across the state have been wrestling with the matter, and whether to pursue a six-month exemption before the bill goes into effect July 1, 2013.
House Bill 2162, will take effect on July 1, 2013, and is seen by gun rights advocates as a way to further secure the Second Amendment rights of responsible gun owners in the Sunflower State. Upon signing the bill, the governor released this statement,
I signed the bill because Kansans do not support spending taxpayer dollars on legislation limiting gun rights; Kansas is a strong pro-Second Amendment state.” In addition to banning the use of taxpayer dollars to hire lobbyists for gun control, local governments cannot create “publicity or propaganda” materials, such as “any kit, pamphlet, booklet, publication, electronic communication, radio, television or video presentation” related to gun control.
Imagine the scenario in Kansas: A federal agent attempts to arrest someone for illegally selling a machine gun. Instead, the federal agent is arrested and charged in a state court with the crime of enforcing federal gun laws. Farfetched? Not as much as you might think. An Associated Press analysis found that about four-fifths of the states now have enacted local laws that directly reject or ignore federal laws on gun control.
The recent trend began in Democratic leaning California with a 1996 medical marijuana law and has proliferated lately in Republican strongholds like Kansas, where Gov. Sam Brownback this spring became the first to sign a measure threatening felony charges against federal agents who enforce certain firearms laws in his state.
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