Kentucky Gun Laws

Kentucky Gun Laws

Kentucky State Gun And Self-Defense Laws: YOU MUST ABIDE WITH ALL LAWS: STATE, FEDERAL AND LOCAL. Always Consult An Attorney                              

Rifles & Shotguns Handguns
Permit to Purchase NO NO
Registration of Firearms NO NO
Licensing of Owners NO NO
Permit to Carry NO YES

Duty to retreat before using Deadly force outside of Special Places


Crimes Justifying use of Deadly Force outside of Special Places

Kidnapping, sexual intercourse compelled by force or threat, felony involving the use of force

Duty to Retreat when occupying special Places - Special places Mentioned in Statute such as Home, Workplace, Occupied Vehicle

No - Dwelling residence, occupied vehicle

Presumption of Reasonableness in Special Places - Unlawful Acts justifying use of Deadly Force in Special Places

Yes - When unlawful entry plus forcible entry or unlawful entry plus forcible attempt to remove persons from a dwelling, residence or occupied vehicle

Immunity from Civil liability


Notable Provisions of this State's Self-Defense Law

Kentucky has adopted Florida's extremely protective home and vehicle defense statute

How to obtain a Concealed Carry Permit in Kentucky


The Kentucky State Police was authorized by KRS 237.110 to issue and renew licenses to carry concealed firearms or other deadly weapons, or a combination thereof, to qualified persons.

An applicant for a CCDW license must complete an application form at the sheriff's office in his or her county of residence. The applicant must also pay the $60 application fee at the time of application (active and retired peace officers that meet the requirements of KRS 237.110(7) are exempt from paying the application or renewal fee).

For further information see the Kentucky State Police Website by Clicking HERE. 

Here is the link to the CCDW Frequently Asked Questions Page Click HERE