Kentucky Gun Laws

kentucky gun laws

Kentucky Gun Laws are mainly based on the Article 1, Section 1, Paragraph 7 of the State Constitution that says, “All men are by nature, free and equal, and have certain inherent and inalienable rights, among which may be reckoned: … 7) the right to bear arms in defense of themselves and of the state, subject to the power of the general assembly to enact laws to prevent persons from carrying concealed weapons.”

In general, Kentucky Gun Laws are similar to the majority of the states in the US. A permit to purchase, registration of firearms and licensing of owners are not needed under Kentucky Gun Laws. However, a person possessing a handgun outside his private domain or in areas specified by law is required to possess a permit to carry.

Validity of Permits Issued Under Kentucky Gun Laws in Other Jurisdictions

Permits issued under Kentucky Gun Laws are valid in the following states:

  1. Alabama
  2. Alaska
  3. Arizona
  4. Arkansas
  5. Colorado
  6. Delaware
  7. Florida
  8. Georgia
  9. Idaho
  10. Indiana
  11. Iowa
  12. Kansas
  13. Louisiana
  14. Michigan
  15. Minnesota
  16. Mississippi
  17. Missouri
  18. Montana
  19. Nebraska
  20. Nevada
  21. New Hampshire
  22. North Carolina
  23. North Dakota
  24. Ohio, Oklahoma
  25. Pennsylvania
  26. South Carolina
  27. South Dakota
  28. Tennessee
  29. Texas
  30. Utah
  31. Vermont
  32. Virginia
  33. West Virginia
  34. Wisconsin
  35. Wyoming

On the other hand, permits issued from the states below are honored by Kentucky Gun Laws:

  1. Alabama
  2. Alaska
  3. Arizona
  4. Arkansas
  5. California
  6. Colorado
  7. Connecticut
  8. Delaware
  9. Florida
  10. Georgia
  11. Hawaii
  12. Idaho
  13. Indiana
  14. Iowa
  15. Kansas
  16. Louisiana
  17. Maine
  18. Maryland
  19. Massachusetts
  20. Michigan
  21. Minnesota
  22. Mississippi
  23. Missouri
  24. Montana
  25. Nebraska
  26. Nevada
  27. New Hampshire
  28. New Jersey
  29. New Mexico
  30. New York
  31. North Carolina
  32. North Dakota, Ohio
  33. Oklahoma
  34. Oregon
  35. Pennsylvania
  36. Rhode Island
  37. South Carolina
  38. South Dakota
  39. Tennessee
  40. Texas
  41. Utah
  42. Virginia
  43. Washington
  44. West Virginia
  45. Wisconsin
  46. Wyoming

Key Rules and Restrictions Provided by Kentucky Gun Laws

This part shall enumerate the main rules and prohibitions provided by Kentucky Gun Laws:

1. Kentucky residents who are citizens of the US are bestowed the right to acquire or purchase rifles, shotguns and handguns. However, they must exercise their rights with strict observance to the requirements set forth by federal and Kentucky Gun Laws.

2. It is unlawful to carry a concealed handgun except when the person is in his real property or he possesses a concealed carry permit with it outside his private domain.

3. A person carrying a concealed handgun must possess his permit together with a valid government-issued ID at all times.

4. An individual, even if he possesses a concealed carry permit, is not allowed to bring his weapon to a police station, sheriff’s office, detention facility, prison, jail, courthouse, meeting involving government bodies, areas that dispense alcoholic beverages, schools, airports and other areas specified by federal laws.

5. Keeping a firearm inside a vehicle is allowed as long as it is securely stored in a container.

6. The possession of a machine gun is permitted as long as it is registered under federal and Kentucky Gun Laws.

7. The possession of a gun with defaced identification marks which include its serial numbers and manufacturer’s name is illegal.

8. Discharging a firearm across the highway is prohibited.

9. Shooting an animal from a vehicle is not allowed. However, shooting from a boat is an exemption in some cases.

Requirements of a Concealed Carry Permit

To be eligible for a concealed carry permit that is valid for five years, a person needs to have the following requirements:

1. Must be a resident of the State of Kentucky for at least six months and a US citizen.

2. For a non-resident of the state, he should be on active duty with the US Armed Forces and has been rendering his official duties in the state for six months or longer.

3. Should be at least 21 years old.

4. Does not have a court decision that strips him the right to possess or carry a gun.

5. Should not be under indictment or convicted of a crime that is punishable by imprisonment of more than a year.

6. Not a fugitive from justice.

7. Not adjudicated incompetent.

8. Should not have mental or physical impairments that would render him incapable of safely possessing a gun.

9. Not convicted of a domestic violence misdemeanor.

10. Clear of issues connected to the addiction of controlled-substances for three years or more.

11. No conviction related to driving under the influence (DUI) of controlled substances for at least three years.

12. No outstanding debt in child support that would equal to one year of nonpayment and has complied with all the subpoena or warrant involving child support.

13. Not a subject of fourth degree assault charges or terroristic threatening in the third degree for a span of at least three years.

14. Has successfully completed the firearm safety course mandated by Kentucky Gun Laws.

15. Should be able to secure all the necessary documents, pay the fees and other requirements asked by the issuing party.


Under Kentucky Gun Laws, the regulation of firearms is solely reserved to the state legislature.

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