2013 News Releases

AG Schmidt: Pennsylvania to recognize Kansas concealed carry permits

Release Date: Jul 23, 2013

TOPEKA -- (July 23, 2013) -- Pennsylvania will begin recognizing Kansas concealed carry licenses, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced today.

This week's announcement makes Pennsylvania the 31st state to recognize the Kansas concealed carry license. This recognition will allow Kansas concealed carry license holders to lawfully carry concealed handguns in conformance with Pennsylvania law while traveling in that state.

Pennsylvania’s recognition of the Kansas license comes in response to legislation proposed by the Kansas attorney general's office and enacted earlier this year by the Legislature. Kansas now recognizes all valid out-of-state permits when the non-resident permit holder is traveling temporarily in Kansas. The new Kansas law requires those who move to Kansas to obtain a Kansas-issued license the same as all other Kansas residents.

A complete list of states that recognize the Kansas concealed carry license is available on the Attorney General's website at www.ag.ks.gov. There currently are 64,225 active Kansas concealed carry permits.

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