Riley County Police Department Clarifies New Kansas Open Carry Law

With changes to the open carry of firearms law in the State of Kansas, the Riley County Police Department offers the following information for those choosing to legally carry a firearm in Riley County.

open-carry-signOpen Carry

  • Firearms may be openly carried on your person or in cars without any license.
  • Establishments may restrict openly carried firearms by posting an approved sign.
  • The minimum age allowable for legal open carry is 18 years of age.
  • Weapons being carried openly should be kept in a holster of some kind both for the purpose of safety and to indicate clearly that the weapon is being carried openly rather than concealed. Retention holsters are recommended.

Concealed Carry

  • A permit is required (if leaving the State of Kansas). The application for this permit can be found on the Kansas Attorney General’s Office website or at Riley County Police Department Records Office.
  • When carrying concealed, please pay attention to the approved signs and follow them appropriately.
  • For more information on legally carrying concealed, visit the Kansas Attorney General’s Office website.

Constitutional Carry SB 45 (Effective July 1, 2015)

  • The carrying of a concealed firearm is allowed without a concealed carry license issued by the State unless the individual is prohibited from posessing a firearm under federal or state law.
  • The carrying of a concealed handgun cannot be prohibited in any building unless the building is posted in accordance with rules and regulations adopted by the Attorney General.
  • The bill states that it is illegal for anyone under 21 years of age to carry any pistol, revolver, or other firearm concealed on one’s person, excpet when on such person’s land, in their abode, or fixed place of business.

Signs prohibiting open and concealed carry (Approved by the Kansas Attorney General)

State law requires that signs must be approved by the Kansas Attorney General. All other signs will not carry the same legal authority. These signs can be found on this page as well as the Kansas Attorney General’s website.

Basic Gun Safety

  • Always store your firearms unloaded, secured, and away from children.
  • To further protect children from firearm accidents, we suggest that ammunition be stored in a separate location from the firearm.
  • Always use a gun lock, which blocks the trigger or passes through the barrel, if a safe storage box is not available.
  • Always treat a weapon as if it is loaded. Firearm accidents are avoidable in most cases.
  • Never point a weapon at anything you do not intend to destroy. Pointing a weapon at another living being comes with great responsibility and great consequences.
  • Participate in a gun safety class to familiarize yourself with the weapon you choose to carry.

For additional information, please consult the following sources:
Kansas Attorney General’s Office (Concealed Carry)
Kansas Attorney General’s Office
Kansas Legislature SB 45 July 1, 2015

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids, and graduated from Valley Heights High School in May of 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communication. After stops at KFRM and KCLY radio in Clay Center, he joined KNDY in 2002 as a board operator and play by play announcer. Derek is now responsible for the digital content of Dierking Communications, Inc. six radio stations. In 2005 Derek joined the staff of KCFX radio in Kansas City as a production coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, which airs on over 70 radio stations across 12 Midwest states and growing.