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Legal Information: Kansas

State Gun Laws

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April 8, 2020

I have a final PFA order against the abuser. Can s/he keep a gun or buy a new gun?

Kansas state law says that it is illegal for someone who has a current protection order against him/her (“respondent”) to have a firearm if the protection order meets the following three conditions:

  1. It was issued after a hearing and the respondent received notice of the hearing beforehand and had the opportunity to participate in the hearing;
  2. It restrains the respondent from doing any of the following:

    • harassing, stalking, or threatening an intimate partner, the intimate partner’s child, or the respondent’s child; or

    • engaging in other conduct that would place an intimate partner in reasonable fear of bodily injury to himself/herself or his/her child; and

  3. The protection order:

    • includes a finding by the judge that the respondent represents a “credible threat” to the physical safety of the intimate partner or his/her child; or

    • has terms in it that clearly prohibit the use, attempted use, or threatened use of physical force against the intimate partner or his/her child that would reasonably be expected to cause bodily injury;1

1 Kan. Stat. Ann.§ 21-6301(a)(17)