In Kentucky, adults may purchase and openly carry firearms in public without a permit. However, you must obtain a concealed carry license to carry a concealed gun on (or near) your body.
For more information, see Open and Concealed Gun Carrying Laws in Kentucky.
Apply at your local county sheriff’s station to obtain a concealed carry license. To qualify for a license, you must be:
Additionally, you must not be prohibited from possessing a firearm under state or federal law.
Persons seeking a concealed carry license may apply using a paper application at the office of the sheriff in the county in which the person resides and pay all requisite fees. A decision to either grant or reject an individual’s application must be made within 60 days. Alternatively, a person may now submit an online application. A decision on an online application must be made within 15 days.
(Ken. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 237.110.)
Yes. Kentucky recognizes concealed carry licenses from other states (however, not all states recognize licenses from Kentucky). If you plan on carrying a concealed firearm in Kentucky with a license from another state, be sure to familiarize yourself with Kentucky gun carry laws, which apply to you while you are in-state.
A current list of reciprocal states is available at the Kentucky State Police’s website.
It is a Class A misdemeanor to carry a concealed handgun in Kentucky without a concealed carry license. Penalties include a fine of up to $500, up to one year in jail, or both.
It is a Class D felony for a convicted felon to carry a concealed weapon. Penalties include a fine of up at least $1,000 (and up to $10,000), at least one year in jail (and up to five years in prison), or both.
(Ken. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 527.020(9).)
If you have any questions about whether you are allowed to carry a gun in Kentucky, or if you are facing charges for a gun permit violation, consult a qualified criminal defense lawyer.