KENTUCKY GUN LAWS
Concealed Carry Info
The gun laws in Kentucky are fairly liberal and do not require the registration of firearms. The state operates on a "Shall Issue" policy with applicants for a concealed carry license required to complete and pass a firearms safety course. Part of the course includes a marksmanship test which requires 11 hits out of 20 rounds. Carry Concealed Deadly Weapons (CCDW) licenses are only issued to Kentucky residents.
Kentucky CCDW Quick Facts
Kentucky CCDW Reciprocity
How Reciprocity Works in Kentucky
Kentucky honors all other states concealed carry licenses including non-resident licenses issued by other states. The state website has more information on reciprocity.
Kentucky Reciprocity State's
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
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
California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Washington.
Districts & Territories
District of Columbia
Kentucky CCDW License
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CCDW License Overview
The Kentucky CCDW license allows for the concealed carry of handguns and a wide range of other weapons such as knives, brass knuckles, blackjacks, shuriken, nunchaku, and clubs .
The license is only issued to residents or military personnel if they are stationed in Kentucky and applicants will need to complete a firearms safety course and meet other criteria to obtain a license to carry.
Non-resident licenses are only issued to military personnel if they are stationed in Kentucky. Moving to Kentucky
If a person from another state becomes a resident of Kentucky their out-of-state licence is valid for 120 days if they complete a form (Out-of-State license validation) within 60 days of moving to Kentucky and deliver that form to the State Police by registered or certified mail.
All new applicants for a CCDW license are required to take and pass a firearms safety course from an approved instructor. The State has set the fee for the training course at $75 and by law the fee is not allowed to be any more than $75 although an additional $10 can be charged for such things as targets, range fees and rentals. The instructor will submit your results PASS/FAIL to the DOCJT and you will receive a class completion certificate the same day you take the class.
The course includes a mandatory marksmanship test. To pass this test the applicant must hit a full sized target 11 times from firing 20 rounds, the distance to the target is set at 7 yards. The law also states that firearm safety courses can be no longer than 8 hours.
- Kentucky CCDW Weapons License Requirements
- Kentucky CCDW Weapons License Application
- Kentucky CCDW Weapons License Renewal
- Kentucky CCDW Weapons License Fee's
- 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
Kentucky CCDW Forms
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Kentucky: Places Off-Limits for CCDW
Places Off-Limits in Kentucky
- 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.
Places Allowed in Kentucky
- State parks
- State and national forests
- Road side rest areas
- All areas of the state - except those listed as off limits
Pointers: Kentucky Gun Laws
Kentucky Concealed Carry Laws
Kentucky Gun Laws To Know
YES - Without a permit
Kentucky allows any person not prohibited from possessing a firearm to carry a loaded or unloaded firearm in a vehicle in any closed container, compartment, or storage space installed as original equipment in a motor vehicle by its manufacturer, including but not limited to a glove compartment, center console, or seat pocket, regardless of whether the enclosed container, storage space, or compartment is locked, unlocked or does not have a locking mechanism.
NO - Must Inform Officer
There is nothing in Kentucky gun laws that states you must inform a law enforcement officer you have a firearm when approached on official business. You are required by law to carry your permit at all times during which the permittee is in actual possession of a concealed handgun.The Law
YES - Without a license
Kentucky has no laws prohibiting open carry. When open carrying you should be prepared for Police Officers to question you as open carrying a firearm will attract their attention.
The minimum age to open carry is 18 years. Kentucky has released a white paper on open carry which can be viewed by clicking on the link.
“No Weapons” signs are not mentioned in Kentucky gun laws. However, the law does authorize any private business to ban concealed carry on their premises, this does not include open carry though. Facilities that lease or rent housing are not permitted to restrict concealed carry. Private employers can prohibit their own employees from concealing a handgun or other weapons in company owned vehicles but not vehicles that are owned by an individual. State and local government employers can ban the carry of weapons within their buildings but not in vehicles.
GunsToCarry recommends that you do not enter a property displaying a “No Weapons" sign whether the law is for or against signage. If asked to leave a property and you refuse to do so then you are breaking the law and put yourself at risk of being charged.
You are permitted to carry in the following areas;
- State Parks: YES
- State/National Forests: YES
- State Wildlife Management Areas: YES - 301 KAR 3:010
- Road Side Rest Areas: YES
YESIn Restaurants That Serve Alcohol
You are not permitted to carry in an establishment that's primary business is to serve alcohol. You can carry in a restaurant but not in the bar area as long as the restaurant is not posted with a "No Weapons" sign.
KRS 244.125 - prohibits loaded firearms (concealed or otherwise) in places where alcohol is sold by the drink, except for certain specified exceptions.
NOThere is no constitutional carry in Kentucky.
(Art. I, Section 1)
Kentucky Off-Limit Statutes
Other Kentucky Statutes
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Kentucky CCDW FAQ's
Kentucky CCDW Contact
Kentucky State Police
Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm
Address 919 Versailles Rd.
CityFrankfort, KY 40601