Today, July 1, 2015 is the day when the Constitutional Carry law (SB45) goes into effect in the state of Kansas. As you may recall, Governor Sam Brownback signed the Constitutional Carry bill back in April, giving American citizens, over the age of 21, the right to carry a concealed weapon without a permit within the Kansas borders.
That means that any law abiding citizen, from any state, who is eligible to possess a firearm under state and federal law, and who is 21 years of age or older can carry both open or concealed weapons.
However, there are some stipulations. It will continue to be illegal to conceal or open carry a weapon without a permit within a school zone. Likewise, we must continue to respect the gun-free zone signage on places of business, both government and personal, property. However, in the state of Kansas, the most a place of business can do if they notice you carry a weapon past their sign is ask you to leave. There are no charges to be held against you, unless of course you do not leave when asked; then you could be charged with criminal trespassing. So, it's best to be polite and simply take your business to their competitor who doesn't try to impede on your inalienable right to self defense.
There are still many valid reasons to go through the process of getting your concealed carry permit (36 of those reasons are the states of which Kansas has reciprocity with). Other reasons include, but are not limited to, carrying concealed within a school zone and expediting the background check process when purchasing a firearm.
Even if you choose not to ever obtain a concealed carry permit I urge you to continue training if you will be carrying weapons or if you spend time around people who do. There are hundreds of courses, classes, and private lessons available here in Kansas. Ask around at your local gun shops, outdoor retail stores, firing ranges, and gunsmiths. Chances are you will find a fit that's right for you in no time. Also, take advantage of the Train Me Kansas program which is designed specifically to find a class or instructor near you. You can find more information at www.trainmeks.com
Speaking as a lifelong Kansas resident, please enjoy your freedoms, exercise your rights, be prepared, be alert, be safe, and Carry On!
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