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Civilian Guns

Proportion of Adults Living in a Home With a Gun

ChartIn Kansas, the percentage of adults living in a household with a firearm is reported to be

2004: 43.0%1
2002: 43.7%2
2001: 42.1%3

Proportion of Households with Firearms

In Kansas, the percentage of households with one or more guns is reported to be

2004: 42.88%4

Proportion of Households with Firearms by Decade

ChartIn Kansas, the percentage of households with one or more guns is estimated to be

2001/2010: 54.7%5 6
1991/2000: 62.5%
1981/1990: 64.6%

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn Kansas, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2014: 3297
2013: 331
2012: 377
2011: 329
2010: 300
2009: 303
2008: 277
2007: 292
2006: 299
2005: 257
2004: 294
2003: 304
2002: 268
2001: 267
2000: 299
1999: 269

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

ChartIn Kansas, the annual rate of all gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2014: 11.337
2013: 11.43
2012: 13.06
2011: 11.46
2010: 10.51
2009: 10.70
2008: 9.86
2007: 10.49
2006: 10.82
2005: 9.36
2004: 10.75
2003: 11.16
2002: 9.88
2001: 9.88
2000: 11.12
1999: 10.04

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn Kansas, annual homicides by any means total

2013: 1177
2012: 103
2011: 123
2010: 105
2009: 128
2008: 112
2007: 115
2006: 114
2005: 106
2004: 117
2003: 121
2002: 129
2001: 143
2000: 141
1999: 137

Rate of Homicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Kansas, the annual rate of homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2013: 4.047
2012: 3.57
2011: 4.29
2010: 3.68
2009: 4.52
2008: 3.99
2007: 4.13
2006: 4.13
2005: 3.86
2004: 4.28
2003: 4.44
2002: 4.75
2001: 5.29
2000: 5.24
1999: 5.12

Gun Homicides

ChartIn Kansas, annual firearm homicides total

2013: 797
2012: 67
2011: 81
2010: 68
2009: 92
2008: 77
2007: 71
2006: 73
2005: 61
2004: 85
2003: 78
2002: 74
2001: 91
2000: 101
1999: 88

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Kansas, the annual rate of firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 2.737
2012: 2.32
2011: 2.82
2010: 2.38
2009: 3.25
2008: 2.74
2007: 2.55
2006: 2.64
2005: 2.22
2004: 3.11
2003: 2.86
2002: 2.73
2001: 3.37
2000: 3.76
1999: 3.29

Handgun Homicides

ChartIn Kansas, according to figures8 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), annual handgun homicides total

2013: 399 10
2012: 36
2011: 31
2010: 30
2009: 38
2008: 41
2007: 29
2006: 33
2005: 20
2004: 31
2003: 38
2002: 19
2001: 22

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Kansas, according to figures11 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 1.3512
2012: 1.25
2011: 1.08
2010: 1.05
2009: 1.34
2008: 1.46
2007: 1.04
2006: 1.19
2005: 0.73
2004: 1.13
2003: 1.40
2002: 0.70
2001: 0.81

Handgun Homicides (CDC)

ChartIn Kansas, according to figures8 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), annual handgun homicides total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13 10
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn Kansas, according to figures11 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13 10
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Long Gun Homicides

ChartIn Kansas, according to figures14 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), annual long gun homicides total

2013: 149 10
2012: 2
2011: 8
2010: 5
2009: 9
2008: 5
2007: 8
2006: 10
2005: 12
2004: 4
2003: 9
2002: 1
2001: 8

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Kansas, according to figures15 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the annual rate of long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.4812
2012: 0.07
2011: 0.28
2010: 0.17
2009: 0.32
2008: 0.18
2007: 0.29
2006: 0.36
2005: 0.44
2004: 0.15
2003: 0.33
2002: 0.04
2001: 0.30

Long Gun Homicides (CDC)

ChartIn Kansas, according to figures14 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), annual long gun homicides total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13 10
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn Kansas, according to figures15 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the annual rate of long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13 10
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Gun Homicides (Other)

ChartIn Kansas, according to figures16 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), annual firearm homicides (other) total

2013: 259 10
2012: 12
2011: 34
2010: 28
2009: 38
2008: 15
2007: 26
2006: 27
2005: 20
2004: 10
2003: 15
2002: 7
2001: 3

Rate of Gun Homicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Kansas, according to figures17 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the annual rate of firearm homicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.8612
2012: 0.42
2011: 1.18
2010: 0.98
2009: 1.34
2008: 0.53
2007: 0.93
2006: 0.98
2005: 0.73
2004: 0.37
2003: 0.55
2002: 0.26
2001: 0.11

Gun Homicides (Other) (CDC)

ChartIn Kansas, according to figures16 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), annual firearm homicides (other) total

2013: 7213 10
2012: 60
2011: 68
2010: 60
2009: 88
2008: 72
2007: 61
2006: 61
2005: 57
2004: 72
2003: 69
2002: 66
2001: 82
2000: 85
1999: 81

Rate of Gun Homicide (Other) per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn Kansas, according to figures17 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the annual rate of firearm homicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 2.4913 10
2012: 2.08
2011: 2.37
2010: 2.10
2009: 3.11
2008: 2.56
2007: 2.19
2006: 2.21
2005: 2.08
2004: 2.63
2003: 2.53
2002: 2.43
2001: 3.03
2000: 3.16
1999: 3.02

Suicides (any method)

ChartIn Kansas, annual suicides by any means total

2013: 4257
2012: 502
2011: 394
2010: 401
2009: 382
2008: 337
2007: 382
2006: 379
2005: 362
2004: 370
2003: 347
2002: 345
2001: 293
2000: 325
1999: 299

Rate of Suicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Kansas, the annual rate of suicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2013: 14.697
2012: 17.40
2011: 13.73
2010: 14.05
2009: 13.49
2008: 12.00
2007: 13.72
2006: 13.72
2005: 13.19
2004: 13.53
2003: 12.74
2002: 12.71
2001: 10.84
2000: 12.09
1999: 11.16

Gun Suicides

ChartIn Kansas, annual firearm suicides total

2013: 2417
2012: 297
2011: 233
2010: 210
2009: 200
2008: 185
2007: 213
2006: 211
2005: 188
2004: 204
2003: 211
2002: 184
2001: 160
2000: 186
1999: 166

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Kansas, the annual rate of firearm suicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 8.337
2012: 10.29
2011: 8.12
2010: 7.36
2009: 7.06
2008: 6.59
2007: 7.65
2006: 7.64
2005: 6.85
2004: 7.46
2003: 7.75
2002: 6.78
2001: 5.92
2000: 6.92
1999: 6.20

Handgun Suicides

ChartIn Kansas, annual handgun suicides total

2013: 3913
2012: 56
2011: 28
2010: 29
2009: 25
2008: 22
2007: 32
2006: 25
2005: 16
2004: 17
2003: 16
2002: 20
2001: 13
2000: 26
1999: 28

Rate of Handgun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Kansas, the annual rate of handgun suicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 1.3513
2012: 1.94
2011: 0.98
2010: 1.02
2009: 0.88
2008: 0.78
2007: 1.15
2006: 0.90
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.74
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.97
1999: 1.05

Long Gun Suicides

ChartIn Kansas, the number of long gun suicides is

2013: 2713
2012: 38
2011: 25
2010: 34
2009: 26
2008: 20
2007: 37
2006: 31
2005: 36
2004: 37
2003: 31
2002: 27
2001: 26
2000: 28
1999: 34

Rate of Long Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Kansas, the annual rate of long gun suicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.9313
2012: 1.32
2011: 0.87
2010: 1.19
2009: 0.92
2008: 0.71
2007: 1.33
2006: 1.12
2005: 1.31
2004: 1.35
2003: 1.14
2002: 1.00
2001: 0.96
2000: 1.04
1999: 1.27

Gun Suicides (Other)

ChartIn Kansas, annual gun suicides (other) total

2013: 17513
2012: 203
2011: 180
2010: 147
2009: 149
2008: 143
2007: 144
2006: 155
2005: 136
2004: 150
2003: 164
2002: 137
2001: 121
2000: 132
1999: 104

Rate of Gun Suicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Kansas, the annual rate of gun suicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 6.0513
2012: 7.03
2011: 6.27
2010: 5.15
2009: 5.26
2008: 5.09
2007: 5.17
2006: 5.61
2005: 4.95
2004: 5.49
2003: 6.02
2002: 5.05
2001: 4.48
2000: 4.91
1999: 3.88

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn Kansas, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2013: 0 (suppressed)7
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 12
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 11
2007: 3
2006: 4
2005: 5
2004: 2
2003: 8
2002: 9
2001: 11
2000: 8
1999: 10

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Kansas, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)7
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.42
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.39
2007: 0.11
2006: 0.14
2005: 0.18
2004: 0.07
2003: 0.29
2002: 0.33
2001: 0.41
2000: 0.30
1999: 0.37

Unintentional Handgun Deaths

ChartIn Kansas, annual unintentional shooting deaths by handgun total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Unintentional Handgun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Kansas, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by handgun per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Unintentional Long Gun Deaths

ChartIn Kansas, annual unintentional shooting deaths by long gun total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Unintentional Long Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Kansas, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by long gun per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Unintentional Gun Deaths (Other)

ChartIn Kansas, annual unintentional shooting deaths by firearm (other) total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Kansas, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by firearm (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Kansas, annual shooting deaths in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 0 (suppressed)7
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 1
2006: 3
2005: 1
2004: 1
2003: 1
2002: 1
2001: 3
2000: 4
1999: 4

Rate of Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Kansas, the annual rate of unknown-cause shooting deaths per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)7
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.04
2006: 0.11
2005: 0.04
2004: 0.04
2003: 0.04
2002: 0.04
2001: 0.11
2000: 0.15
1999: 0.15

Handgun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Kansas, annual deaths by handgun in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Handgun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Kansas, the annual rate of unknown-cause handgun deaths per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Long Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Kansas, annual deaths by long gun in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Long Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Kansas, the annual rate of unknown-cause long gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Gun Deaths (Other) from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Kansas, annual deaths by firearm (other) in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Gun Death (Other) from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Kansas, the annual rate of unknown-cause gun deaths (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Justifiable Gun Homicides

ChartIn Kansas, annual legal-intervention gun homicides total

2011: 218
2010: 7
2009: 3
2008: 119
2007: 3
2006: 4
2005: 1
2004: 0
2003: 0
2002: 4
2001: 020
2000: 2
1999: 0
1998: 0
1997: 0
1996: 0
1995: 0

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Origin of Crime Guns

Suppliers of Crime Guns to Other US States (Rate)

When crime guns seized in the United States were traced, interstate gun traffickers had sourced their weapons from Kansas at a rate of 18.821 per 100,000 inhabitants

Suppliers of Crime Guns to Other US States (Rank)

When crime guns seized in the United States were traced, Kansas ranked at No. 2121 out of 51 US jurisdictions as a source of weapons for interstate gun trafficking

MeasuresGun Regulation

Firearm Regulation - Guiding Policy

The regulation of guns in Kansas is categorised as permissive22

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in Kansas includes the Kansas Statutes 2012 and the Constitution of Kansas 185923

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in Kansas are regulated by the State of Kansas (with some exceptions for local municipalities)24 25 26

Right to Possess Firearms

In Kansas, the right to private gun ownership is conditionally guaranteed by the US Constitution,27 as limited by federal law28 and state law29 25 26

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

In Kansas, civilians are not allowed to possess machine guns, unless manufactured prior to 19 May 1986,30 but civilians are allowed to possess assault weapons,31 .50 calibre rifles32 and large capacity ammunition magazines33 25 26

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

In Kansas, private possession of fully automatic weapons is permitted subject to licensing and registration, if manufactured prior to 19 May 198630 34 25 26

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In Kansas, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is permitted without a licence31 25 26

Regulation of Handguns

In Kansas, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is permitted without a licence35 36 25 26

Gun Ownership and Possession

In Kansas, non-prohibited persons of minimum age35 36 25 26 may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in Kansas is 18 years for handguns possession (no minimum age for shotguns and rifles), no minimum age for purchase37 25 26

Domestic Violence and Firearms

Where a past history, or apprehended likelihood of family violence exists, the law in Kansas stipulates38 25 26 that firearm possession should be denied or revoked

Firearm Safety Training

In Kansas, an understanding of firearm safety and the law, tested in a theoretical and/or practical training course is required for a permit to carry a hidden handgun39 25 26

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In Kansas, the law does not require40 25 26 that a record of the acquisition, possession and transfer of each privately held firearm be retained in an official register

Gun Dealer Record Keeping

In Kansas, licensed firearm dealers are not required41 25 26 to keep a record of each firearm or ammunition purchase, sale or transfer on behalf of a regulating authority

Gun Sales and Transfers

Regulation of Private Gun Sales

In Kansas, the private sale and transfer of firearms is permitted42 25 26

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In Kansas, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is not unlawful43 25 26

Background Checks for Private Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm in a private sale in Kansas is not obliged44 25 26 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Background Checks for Dealer Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm from a licensed gun dealer in Kansas is not obliged (under State Law)45 25 26 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Limit on Gun Dealer Sales

In Kansas, the number and type of firearms which can be sold by a licensed gun dealer to a single gun owner is not limited46 25 26

Number of Licensed Gun Dealers

ChartThe number of licensed firearm dealers in Kansas is reported to be

2015: 1,95247
2014: 1,91948
2013: 1,93949
2012: 1,82650
2011: 1,75951

Waiting Period for Gun Possession

In Kansas, the minimum wait for a lawful firearm purchase to be completed is undetermined52 25 26

Regulation of Gun Shows

In Kansas, gun shows and temporary firearm dealing events are not regulated53 25 26 in law

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in Kansas do not include54 25 26 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of private guns and ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Dealer

Firearm regulations in Kansas do not include55 25 26 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by licensed arms dealers

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Regulations in Kansas include56 54 25 26 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit

Marking and Tracing Guns and Ammunition

Firearm Marking

In Kansas, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is required by law57 58 59 60 25 26

Ballistic Record of Firearms and Ammunition

In Kansas, the ballistic characteristics of each civilian firearm and its ammunition are not61 25 26 recorded in a register

Carrying Guns

Carrying Guns Openly in Public

In Kansas, carrying a firearm in plain view in a public place is allowed without a permit44 25 26

Carrying Hidden Handguns in Public

In Kansas, carrying a concealed firearm in a public place is allowed, subject to a valid permit39 25 26

Hidden Handgun Permit May, or Shall Be Issued

In Kansas, local licensing authorities "shall issue", without room for discretion,39 62 25 26 a hidden handgun carry permit to any non-prohibited person who applies

Reciprocity for Hidden Handgun Permit Holders

In Kansas, gun owners with a permit to carry hidden handguns issued in another jurisdiction are granted (recognises all states)39 25 26 reciprocal rights

Exempting Hidden Handgun Permit Holders from Background Checks

In Kansas, gun owners with a valid permit to carry a hidden handgun are exempt (concealed weapons permits issued on or after 7/1/10)63 25 26 from background checks when buying from a licensed gun dealer

Gun Free Zones

In Kansas, private guns are prohibited in court houses, police stations, areas renowned for unlawful activity, detention facilities, polling places, state office buildings, athletic events, bars (not including restaurants), care facilities (children) and 'child exchange and visitation centers', mental health clinics and licensed psychiatric hospitals, churches, any private business prohibiting firearms, libraries64 and schools65 25 26

Grading US State Gun Laws

Gun Law Ranking – LCPGV

In their 'A-F' State Scorecard of US gun laws, the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence ranked Kansas as ‘F’66

Gun Law Ranking – Brady Campaign

ChartIn its annual State Scorecard, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence scored firearm legislation in Kansas on a scale of 0 points (weak) to 100 points (strong)

2011: 467
2010: 468
2009: 769
2008: 770
2007: 771

Gun Law Ranking – Open Society Institute

In its Comparative Survey of State Firearm Laws, the Open Society Institute ranked Kansas at No. 3372 among 50 US States


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