Kentucky Gun Laws
Subject/LawLong GunsHandgunsRelevant StatutesNotes
State permit required to purchase?NoNo
Firearm registration?NoNo
Assault weapon law?NoNo
Magazine capacity restriction?NoNo
Owner license required?NoNo
License required for concealed carry?NoNoKRS § 237.110Constitutional carry legal as of June 26,2019.[72]Kentucky issues permits to carry concealed deadly weapons which allows for the concealed carry of both handguns and long guns.
License required for open carry?NoNoMay carry openly without permit/license.
State preemption of local restrictions?YesYesKRS § 65.870Exception: KRS § 237.115 allows the following entities to restrict concealed carry:Postsecondary educational institutionsAny unit of government within the state in buildings that it owns, leases, or occupies – however, concealed carry is allowed in highway rest areas, public housing, and private dwellings
NFA weapons restricted?NoNo
Shall certify?YesYesKRS § 237.075Shall certify within 15 days.
Peaceable journey laws?NoNoFederal rules observed.
Background checks required for private sales?NoNoPeople who have a Felony or domestic violence charges can not own a firearm.


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