In the commonwealth of Kentucky, the right to own or carry firearms for residents, out of states residents, and out of country residents is protected by Statue 237 in the state constitution. All Kentucky residents have the right to purchase rifles, shotguns, handguns and any other firearms from licensed dealers, manufacturers, importers, collectors or unlicensed individuals, in accordance with the federal law, Kentucky Revised Statues, local ordinances and the law of the purchaser’s state, if applicable. The following chart sums the requirements for owning, purchasing and carrying rifles, shotguns and handguns.
While a majority of the general population can purchase, own or carry an open or concealed gun, certain individuals cannot carry a firearm in Kentucky, including:
There are also specific rules that prohibit carrying of firearms in certain locations, including:
While a permit is not required to own a gun, a license is required to carry a concealed weapon or a concealed handgun. In Kentucky, a concealed weapon is defined as one that is not easily visible and is immediately accessible for used by the person. This also includes firearms placed under the driver’s seat in vehicles or in a locked or unlocked glove department. In order to obtain a concealed firearm permit, you must be at least 21 years old, a resident of Kentucky for at least six months, and a citizen of the United States. Additionally, active duty military personnel assigned to Kentucky for at least six months are also eligible for a concealed carry permit. All concealed weapons license applicants are required to complete the Department of Justice Training’s firearms safety course, which covers instruction, care, cleaning, marksmanship, and target practice. The license is valid for five years.
Concealed weapons licenses are prohibited for people who fall into the following categories:
Violating gun laws in Kentucky carry strict penalties. If you carry a concealed weapon without a license, it is a Class A Misdemeanor with a fine of up to $500 and/or a jail sentence of up to one year. If a convicted felon carries a concealed weapon, it is a Class D Misdemeanor with a fine ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 and/or a jail sentence ranging from one year to five years. If a person uses destructive devices or booby trap devices to avoid detection by law enforcement or government personnel or to avoid theft or detection by any person, it is a Class C Felony. If you or someone you know needs a criminal defense lawyer in Louisville for firearm related charges, call Durrett & Kersting Law, PLLC. Our experienced team of criminal law attorneys can assist you with any firearm related penalties in Louisville, Kentucky and the surrounding areas.
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