House Bill 2578, signed into law by Governor Sam Brownback (R) on April 22, went into effect today, July 1. HB 2578 includes many important protections for gun owners in Kansas and does the following:
  • Expands Kansas’ firearms preemption provisions to open carry and prohibits municipalities from adopting and enforcing local ordinances relating to the transportation of firearms. Whether you choose to carry concealed, open carry or carry a knife for self-defense, this legislation will eliminate the complex patchwork of gun laws that result from local regulations.
  • Bans the use of taxpayer funds for gun “buyback" programs. These programs are a waste of taxpayer dollars and have no proven impact on violent crime reduction. This new law prohibits seized firearms not used in the commission of a felony from being destroyed by law enforcement agencies. These firearms, so long as they are in operable condition, would either be sold to a licensed gun dealer (FFL) or donated to hunter education programs. In addition, it would also mandate that if a firearm has been seized by law enforcement and the owner is acquitted of the charges or the charges are dropped, the firearm must be returned to the owner within thirty days.
  • Prohibits county, city or municipal employers from maintaining a database of employee permit holders thus ensuring confidentiality.
  • Codifies a “shall certify” requirement that a chief law enforcement officer (CLEO) sign off on an application to transfer an item regulated by the National Firearms Act, including short barreled rifles/shotguns and suppressors, within fifteen days, as long as the applicant is not prohibited by law from receiving the item.