So, you’ve decide to stop on by Harrison Street Pawn and take a look at our gun selection. And, while you’re perusing the tremendous assortment of Colt, Ruger and Glock pistols in Olathe, KS, you come across one that you have to have—it’s perfect! So, you start the buying process. But what’s next?
Before you become a gun owner, it’s important to become an informed and responsible gun owner, which means having a thorough understanding of the gun laws in Kansas. Let’s take a look at all of the things you need to know about your gun and the state you live in:
- First and foremost, you have the right to purchase a gun without obtaining a State permit! In other states you may have to apply for a State permit to even own your gun—not in Kansas! It’s your right to own a firearm.
- After your purchase a firearm, you’re not obligated to register it. Kansas does not have a mandatory registration law.
- You also don’t need to have a license to own a firearm! Much like there’s no requirement for permitting from the State of Kansas, there’s also no need to obtain a special license to own the gun.
Now, the above are just the fundamentals of gun lawn—these are the things you need to know before you even think about buying a gun. And, of course, federal regulations!
Once you become the owner of a gun—whether you have a single Colt or a whole rack of Glock pistols in Olathe, KS, there’s another set of stipulations that you must become familiar with—specifically when it comes to carrying permits.
- Kansas offers carry permits for handguns, however it does not offer them for long guns.
- Kansas also allows concealed carry (as of July 1, 2015) without the need for a permit, however permits are issued for those who feel more comfortable having them.
- Open carry of both handguns and long guns is perfectly legal in Kansas!
There are also a few miscellaneous stipulations that need to be known and understood by prospective gun owners. Granted, if you’re just looking to own a couple of Glock pistols in Olathe, KS, these probably won’t apply to you, but if your collection of firearms keeps expanding, this information is good to have:
- National Firearms Act (NFA) weapons are not restricted within the state, however they must be registered. This includes suppressed firing weapons, short-barreled shotguns and automatic weapons.
- If you participate in a private firearms sale, that transaction must be certified by law enforcement within 15 days to be legal. Background checks are also not required for private sales.
It’s critical to understand and abide by firearm legislation within the state—whether you’re a prospective gun owner or you’ve got an ever-expanding collection of firearms. Knowing the law means being informed and being informed means being responsible. Consider all of the above information the next time you’re in a gun store and don’t be afraid to ask a professional if a law is unclear to you or you have questions about it.