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Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 2023 ‘Location Restrictions in Kansas.’ Guns in Public. San Francisco, CA: Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 4 October

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Other Location Restrictions in Kansas

Kansas law provides that, if the buildings are conspicuously posted in accordance with rules and regulations adopted by the attorney general as premises where carrying a concealed weapon is prohibited, a license to carry a concealed weapon does not authorize the licensee to carry a concealed weapon into:

- Any place where an activity declared a common nuisance by Kansas law (gambling, obscenity, prostitution, or unlawful drug, alcohol, pyrotechnic or gang activity) is maintained;
- Any police, sheriff or highway patrol station;
- Any detention facility, prison or jail;
- Any courthouse, except that a judge may determine who carries in his or her courtroom;
- Any polling place on the day an election is held;
- Any state office building;
- Any facility hosting a professional athletic event not related to or involving firearms;
- Any portion of premises open to the public where alcohol is sold by the individual drink, unless the place qualifies as a "restaurant" under Kansas law;
- Any "child exchange and visitation center" provided for by Kansas law;
- Any community mental health center or mental health clinic organized pursuant to certain provisions of Kansas law, or any licensed psychiatric hospital; or Larned state hospital, Osawatomie state hospital or Rainbow mental health facility;
- Any public library operated by the state;
- Any day care home, group day care home, preschool or childcare center; or
- Any place of worship.

Kansas law also prohibits the possession of a firearm, whether concealed or unconcealed, on the grounds of or within specific state-owned or leased buildings or county courthouses. Concealed weapons licensees are exempt, unless the building has posted a sign as described above.

In addition, the carrying of concealed weapons by license holders may also be restricted by:

- A public or private employer by personnel policies while the license holder is on the premises of the employer's business or engaged in the duties of the person's employment by the employer except that no employer may prohibit possession of a firearm in a private means of conveyance, even if parked on the employer's premises; and
- A private business or a city, county or political subdivision while the license holder is within a building of such entity, provided that the premises are posted as premises where carrying a concealed weapon is prohibited in accordance with rules and regulations adopted by the attorney general.

The attorney general's rules and regulations must require, at a minimum, that:
(1) The signs be posted at all exterior entrances to the prohibited buildings;
(2) 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;
(3) The signs not be obstructed or altered in any way; and
(4) Signs which become illegible for any reason be immediately replaced.

The attorney general has established additional regulations for the posting of these signs.

Kansas has no statutes prohibiting firearms in parks or hospitals, although administrative regulations may apply…

[Editor's note: The Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence regularly updates its webpages with new data as US gun regulation evolves state by state. For the most up-to-date information on US gun laws, please refer to the Giffords URL below]

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