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Kentucky is a constitutional carry state that allows permitless carry of firearms within the state. Gun permits are issued by the state’s police department, and since Kentucky is a shall-issue state, your permit application will be granted if you meet all the necessary requirements.
In Kentucky, you do not need a license or permit to buy firearms from private gun dealers and gun shows. Also, private sales and purchases do not require firearm registration, the completion of NICS background checks, and a waiting period. But if you are purchasing a firearm from a licensed dealer in Kentucky you will need to follow the due protocols.
For possession of firearms, you are allowed to open carry in Kentucky even without the state license, as long as you meet the minimum age requirement of 18. However, there are restrictions to places in Kentucky where you are not allowed to open carry or possess a firearm at all.
Because Kentucky is a permitless state you can also conceal carry a firearm without any gun license, as long as you meet the age requirement of 21. But if you are a resident of Kentucky that wishes to conceal carry in another state, then you will have to apply for a concealed carry license.
In Kentucky, concealed carry licenses are known as a Concealed Carry of Deadly Weapon License. This is because they are not used for only the possession of firearms. The license will cover the possession of Knives, Brass knuckles clubs, and many other dangerous weapons.
Before you apply for this license to possess a firearm, state law requires you to complete a firearm training course that is recognized and approved in the state.
You may only apply for a Kentucky weapon license if you are a resident of the state or a military member stationed in the state for duties. Kentucky does not issue licenses to non-residents. But Kentucky will also accept a gun license from every other state in the USA.
Kentucky weapon license application is processed by the state police department. You can submit the application to the local sheriff in the county you reside. The fee for license application in Kentucky is $60, and your license will be valid for a period of 5 years.
Other important documents you are required to submit with the application include a recent colored passport, a copy of a certificate to prove that you have completed firearm training. After submission, your local sheriff is required to submit your application to the state Police Department within a stipulated period of 5 working days.
The state police department has a mandated 3 months to either deny or accept license applications. If the application is denied, the police department will provide you with reasons for denial in a written mail. If the reason for denial has to do with a document, you have a month period to provide the necessary documents for a review of your application denial. You also have the right to request a denial review in the district court closest to where you reside.
If your application was accepted, then the license will be valid for a period of 5 years after which you are required to apply for a new one. For military members posted in Kentucky, they may opt for early license renewal, and this does not have to be done physically.
If military personnel are on a deployment when the Kentucky permit expires, they will have a period of 3 months post deployment to renew the license.
Residents will have to pay a penalty if they apply late for license renewal, but this is not the case for military personnel applying within the stipulated 3-month period after their deployments.
Your firearm training certificate is an important document for license application in Kentucky. You must enroll in a training class that has been approved by the criminal justice department, and it must comprise of the following:
Military Personnel and law enforcement officers do not have to complete firearm training. Also, you will not need the training certificate to renew your license.
Because Kentucky is a constitutional state does not mean that there are no restrictions as to where you can carry firearms within the state. Some of the places prohibited by gun laws include;
Kentucky gun laws have some requirements that must be fulfilled by everybody applying for a gun license in the state. Having a successful license application in Kentucky is subject to meeting these requirements. Kentucky being a shall-issue state will grant you a gun license once you meet every requirement. They include:
In Kentucky, firearms and ammunition regulation laws can only be enacted or reenacted by the state legislature. The state prohibits the local ordinances of firearms in the state.
The law concerning this says that no municipality, country or political subdivision in the state may have any regulation involving the ownership, transfer, possession, and transportation of firearms, ammunition, and their components in the state.
This means that Kentucky's constitutional carry is the same in every part of the state. However, local ordinances can regulate the use of firearms for safety reasons, so permitless carry will not be allowed in certain locations.