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Legal Information: Kansas

State Gun Laws

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April 8, 2020

If the abuser has been convicted of a crime, can s/he keep or buy a gun?

Kansas state law says that is illegal the following criminals to own or possess a gun:

  • someone who, within the past five years, has been convicted of a misdemeanor for a domestic violence offense in Kansas or a similar misdemeanor crime in another state;
  • someone who is a fugitive from justice, which means that the person knows that there is a warrant issued to get (apprehend) him/her for committing a felony;1
  • a person who has been convicted of a “person felony,” which are various drug crimes (listed in sections K.S.A. 21-36a01 through 21-36a17 of the law); or convicted of any violation of the uniform controlled substances act prior to July 1, 2009,
  • someone who was a “juvenile offender” of an act which comes under the “person felony” crimes or uniform controlled substances act prior to July 1, 2009, AND was in possession of a firearm when s/he committed the crime; or
  • someone who was convicted of certain felonies within the past 5 or 10 years, or has been released from imprisonment for a felony; or someone who was a juvenile offender for these felonies AND had a gun at the time of the crime.2

1 Kan. Stat. § 21-6301(a)(15), (a)(18), (m)(2)
2 Kan. Stat. § 21-6304(a)