In Kansas, it is unlawful to possess a firearm:
(1) Within any building located within the capitol complex;
(2) within the governor’s residence;
(3) on the grounds of or in any building on the grounds of the governor’s residence;
(4) within any other state-owned or leased building if the secretary of administration has so designated by rules and regulations and conspicuously placed signs clearly stating that firearms are prohibited within such building; or
(5) within any county courthouse, unless, by county resolution, the board of county commissioners authorize the possession of a firearm within such courthouse.1
However, an individual may possess a concealed handgun in these areas if such individual is not prohibited from possessing a firearm under either federal or state law, and such individual is either: (A) 21 years of age or older; or (B) possesses a valid license to carry a concealed handgun.2
Kansas law states that the carrying of a concealed handgun may not be prohibited in any public building unless notices are conspicuously posted in accordance with rules and regulations adopted by the state Attorney General marking the areas as premises where carrying a concealed handgun is prohibited.3 The state capitol is not considered a public building.4
Additionally, Kansas law states that the lawful carrying of a concealed handgun shall not be prohibited in publicly accessible areas of any state or municipal building unless that building also has adequate security measures, including armed personnel and electronic equipment such as metal detectors at all public entrances to detect and restrict the carrying of weapons inside the building.5
Certain public buildings may prohibit concealed carry and are exempt from these onerous public security measures including including publicly-owned medical care facilities, adult care homes, community mental health centers, and indigent health care clinics.6
The Attorney General’s rules and regulations require, at a minimum, that:
- The signs be posted at all exterior entrances to the prohibited buildings;
- The signs be posted at eye level of adults using the entrance and not more than 12 inches to the right or left of such entrance;
- The signs not be obstructed or altered in any way; and
- Signs which become illegible for any reason be immediately replaced.7
The Attorney General has established additional regulations for the posting of these signs.8
Kansas has no statutes prohibiting firearms in parks or hospitals, although administrative regulations may apply.
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- Kan. Stat. Ann. § 21-6309(a).
- Id. at (d)(4).
- Kan. Stat. Ann. §§ 75-7c10(a).
- Kan. Stat. Ann. § 75-7c20(m)(7)(b).
- Kan. Stat. Ann. § 75-7c20(a), (b), (m).
- Kan. Stat. Ann. § 75-7c20(k).
- Kan. Stat. Ann. § 75-7c10(i).
- See Kan. Admin. Reg. § 16-11-7.