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Overview for Kentucky

Chapter 44 of Title 18 of the United States Code (U.S.C.) does not allow citizens, convicted of a felony with a prison sentence over a year to own firearms. This includes hand guns, and long guns. Many states allow convicted felons to own firearms after a certain amount of time has passed, (usually 10 years or more) since the end of their sentence, and/or if they are given a full pardon by certain authority figures (Governors, President, etc.) Kentucky allows felons to own gun as long as they have been fully pardoned by the President or governor, or if they are granted full relief by the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury (Ky. Rev. Stat. § 527.040).

It is illegal to alter or remove the serial number of a firearm. Owning a gun that has been defaced is a crime. Should something happen to cause this, it must be reported to the police immediately to avoid prosecution.


Permit to PurchaseDetails
Open CarryDetails
Concealed CarryDetails
State Preemption of Local RestrictionsDetails
Firearm RegistrationDetails
Owner LicenseDetails
Law Long-guns Handguns
Permit to PurchaseNoNo
Open CarryYesYes
Concealed CarryNoYes
State Preemption of Local RestrictionsYesYes
Firearm RegistrationNoNo
Owner LicenseNoNo

The Concealed Carry Permit

(often encompasses the open carry permit)

Offical Concealed Carry page for Kentucky.


Kentucky honors the permits of

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Kentucky's permits are honored by

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