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Carry In Vehicle YES
Must Notify Officer NO
Carry In State Parks Allowed YES
No Weapons Signs Enforced NO
Open Carry Permitted YES
Carry In Liquor Establishments YES
Constitutional Carry NO

Permit Information

Kentucky gun laws allow permits to be issued to residents only. Members of the armed forces can obtain a permit if they are posted in Kentucky. A firearms training course is required which includes a mandatory marksmanship test. Permits are issued at the county level by the local sheriff's office and applications can also be made online at the State Police website. The concealed carry permit also covers a wide range of other weapons such as knives, clubs etc.

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Kentucky Reciprocity Map


Kentucky CCW permit recognition
  • Permit honored
  • Permit not honored
  • Residential permits only
  • Issuing state

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Districts & Territories
District of Columbia, New York City, Guam, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

Kentucky CCW Permit

Kentucky is a “shall issue” state.
Residents only.
The permit is valid for 5 years.

  • Must be at least 21 years old.
  • Demonstrate competence with a firearm.
  • Resident of Kentucky for at least six months prior to application.
  • Are a US citizen or legal resident.
  • Not have been committed to a state or federal facility for abuse of a controlled substance or convicted of a misdemeanor relating to a controlled substance within the last three years prior to application.
  • Not have two or more convictions for Operating motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or other substance which impairs driving ability within the last three years prior to application.
  • Not have been committed as an alcoholic within the last three years.
  • Not owe a child support arrearage which equals or exceeds the cumulative amount which would be owed after one year of nonpayment.
  • Have complied with any subpoena or warrant relating to child support or paternity proceedings.
  • Have not been convicted of Assault in the fourth degree or (Terroristic Threatening in the third degree within the three years immediately preceding the date on which the application is submitted.
  • Federal Law – Prohibits the following persons


Where You Can Carry

  • State parks
  • State and national forests
  • Road side rest areas
  • Vehicle
  • All areas of the state – except those listed below

Where You Cannot Carry

  • Any police station or sheriff’s office
  • Any detention facility, prison, or jail
  • Any courthouse, courtroom, or court proceeding
  • Any meeting of the governing body of a county, municipality, or special district
  • Any meeting of the General Assembly or a committee of the General Assembly
  • Any portion of an establishment licensed to dispense beer or alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises, which portion of the establishment is primarily devoted to that purpose
  • Any elementary or secondary school facility
  • Any child-caring facility, day-care center, or certified family child-care home
  • State and local governments have the authority to limit the carrying of concealed weapons on property owned or controlled by them
  • Colleges, universities, technical schools and community colleges have the authority to limit the carrying of concealed weapons on property owned or controlled by them
  • An area of an airport to which access is controlled by the inspection of persons and property
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law.

Details on Kentucky Gun Laws

Kentucky Contacts

Kentucky State Police


Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed


Address 919 Versailles Road

CityFrankfort, KY 40601

Phone 502-782-9781

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Jeremiah Payne
Jeremiah Payne

I Have opened carried everywhere almost in Kentucky and have yet to have a problem, love that they do not make you have a permit to open carry, I believe you shouldn’t have to pay the government for the right to carry your gun, because they can’t give a right that you have no matter what.

AJ Johnson
AJ Johnson

What is the minimum legal age to own an airsoft gun in Kentucky?

Jacob Barrett
Jacob Barrett

18 to purchase


How dose 53 states honor a KY permint when there’s only 50 states.?


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