Kansas Expandable Baton Laws

by Barry

Article 42: Crimes Against The Public Safety

Statute 21-4201: Criminal use of weapons. (a) Criminal use of weapons is knowingly:

(1)Selling, manufacturing, purchasing, possessing or carrying any bludgeon, sandclub, metal knuckles or throwing star, or any knife, commonly referred to as a switch-blade, which has a blade that opens automatically by hand pressure applied to a button, spring or other device in the handle of the knife, or any knife having a blade that opens or falls or is ejected into position by the force of gravity or by an outward, downward or centrifugal thrust or movement;

(2)carrying concealed on one's person, or possessing with intent to use the same unlawfully against another, a dagger, dirk, billy, blackjack, slungshot, dangerous knife, straight-edged razor, stiletto or any other dangerous or deadly weapon or instrument of like character, except that an ordinary pocket knife with no blade more than four inches in length shall not be construed to be a dangerous knife, or a dangerous or deadly weapon or instrument;

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Jul 23, 2013
baton carry
by: hurricane

I have a ccw from Kansas. can I carry a baton openly or concealed?

Sep 17, 2013
The Law Shown Here is Obsolete
by: AnonymousKansan

The Kansas Comprehensive Knife Rights Act,
passed in July of 2013 overturned this law,effective immediately.


It seems this Act did not change any of the laws on batons, only knives as far as I can tell.

Here is a summary:

Uniform State Law for Knives; HB 2033
HB 2033 prohibits municipalities from regulating the transportation, possession, carrying,
sales, transfers, purchases, gifting, licensing, registration, or uses of a knife or knife-making
components. In addition, the bill prohibits a municipality from passing any ordinance, resolution,
or rule that would be more restrictive regarding knife manufacturing than the manufacture of any
other commercial product.
The bill amends provisions related to the criminal use of weapons and criminal carrying
of a weapon by removing certain types of knives, as well as by eliminating certain exceptions for
carrying specific types of pocket knives and switchblade knives.
The bill also excludes from the definition of “municipality,” school districts, jails, and
juvenile correctional facilities.


Oct 07, 2013
Kansas Expandable Baton Laws
by: jim

Therefore there no law on the books of carrying a baton on said person in state of Kansas.


I believe you are incorrect. It looks like they struck out the portion of the law pertaining to knives and maintained the rest regarding other devices such as bludgeons. Take a look at http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2013_14/measures/documents/hb2033_enrolled.pdf for more info.

I suggest contacting local law enforcement or an attorney for additional information.


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