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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 CCW permit recognition
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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
Follow these steps to obtain a permit

  1. Complete your firearm training course if required.
  2. You can apply online or get the application form at your Sheriffs office.
  3. You will need the following documents;
    • Recent color photograph: full head shot no smaller than 3 ½ x 4 nor larger than 4×5 inches.
    • A photocopy of a certificate or an affidavit or document certifying completion of a firearms training course
  4. Complete the application form under oath at your local county Sheriffs office.
  5. You will be notified by mail if your application has been approved.
New Permits: $60
Renewal: $60

Accepted forms of payment
Certified check, Cashiers check, Money order

There are two payments – $20 to the County Sheriff and $40 check payable to Kentucky State Treasurer

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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

Concealed carry permits/licenses are issued by the county Sheriffs office where applicant resides.
90 Days
The application for a concealed carry permit/license must be processed within 90 days of the application being received.
NO – Must Inform Officer on Contact By Law
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.
“No Weapons” signs are not mentioned in Kentucky gun laws. There are no legal penalties for entering a private property or business that has posted these signs. They have no force of law unless they are posted in areas that are mentioned in the law as being off limits.

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.

YES – Without a Permit/License
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.
YES – Without a Permit/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.
YES – In Restaurants That Serve Alcohol
“Yes” or “No” states if you can carry in a restaurant that serves alcohol. Some restaurants may be posted with “NO GUN” signs. Check with the staff if this means just the bar area. If we have indicated a “Yes” then it should be legal to have a meal without drinking alcohol.
You are permitted to carry in state parks, state forests, WMA’s and roadside rest areas. It is illegal to enter any buildings with a firearm in the state park as they are considered state property.

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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