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What are the Gun Laws in Kentucky?

A Synopsis of State Laws on Purchase Possession and Carrying of Firearms


A license to carry concealed firearms does not authorize any person to carry a concealed firearm into:
  • Any police station or sheriff 's office.

  • Any detention facility, prison, or jail.

  • Any courthouse, solely occupied by the Court of Justice courtroom, or court proceeding.

  • Any meeting of the governing body of a county, municipality, or special district, or any meeting of the General Assembly unless the permit holder is a member of that body.

  • Any portion of an establishment licensed to dispense alcoholic beverages for consumption on premises which is primarily devoted to that purpose.

  • Any elementary or secondary school facility, child caring facility, day care center.

  • Any area of an airport to which access is controlled by the inspection of persons.

  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by federal law.

Right of employees and other persons to possess firearms in a vehicle:

No person, including but not limited to an employer, who is the owner, lessee, or occupant of real property shall prohibit any person who is legally entitled to posses a firearm from possessing a firearm, part of a firearm, ammunition, or ammunition component in a vehicle on the property.

This does not apply to any real property owned, leased or occupied by the United States government, upon which the possession or carrying of firearms is prohibited or controlled, detention facilities, or where Kentucky Revised Statutes specifically prohibits possession or carrying of firearms on the property.

Kentucky will honor a valid license issued by another state if that state grants Kentucky residents the right to carry concealed firearms without a separate license. A person holding a valid license issued by another state, which state allows Kentucky residents to obtain a license, may apply for a Kentucky license.

Antiques and Replicas

Kentucky statutes are silent on antique and replica firearms. They are treated as ordinary firearms for possession and carrying purposes.

Machine Guns

It is lawful to possess, purchase, or sell a machine gun that is legally registered and possessed in compliance with all federal laws and regulations.


  • It is unlawful to remove, deface, cover, alter or destroy the manufacturer's serial number or other mark of identification on any firearm.

  • It is unlawful to possess a firearm that has been defaced. To avoid prosecution, this offense must be reported to the police immediately.

  • It is unlawful to shoot any wild animal, protected or unprotected, from an automobile or any vehicle at any time or place. Boats may be used except as prohibited by state or federal regulations.

  • It is unlawful to shoot across a highway.

  • No city, county or urban-county government may occupy any part of the field of regulation of the transfer, ownership, possession, carrying or transportation of firearms, ammunition, or components of firearms or combination thereof.

  • No person or entity is liable for damages of any kind resulting from injuries to another person sustained as a result of the criminal use of a firearm by a third person, unless the person or entity conspired with, aided, or caused the third person to commit the criminal act.

    The Commonwealth reserves the exclusive authority to bring suit against firearms manufacturers or dealers relating to the lawful manufacture and sale of firearms or ammunition to the public.

Source: National Rifle Association of America, Institute for Legislative Action
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