See our Prohibited Purchasers policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Federal law prohibits certain persons from purchasing or possessing firearms, such as felons, certain domestic abusers, and certain people with a history of mental illness.

Similarly, Kentucky law prohibits possession of a firearm by anyone convicted of a felony after July 15, 1994, and possession of a handgun by anyone convicted of a felony after January 1, 1975.1 These prohibitions include any “youthful offender” convicted of a felony offense in the state.

For information on the background check process used to enforce these provisions, see the Kentucky Background Checks section.

Kentucky has no laws specifically preventing the purchase or possession of firearms by:

  • Violent misdemeanants;
  • Persons with mental illness;
  • Persons subject to domestic violence restraining orders; or
  • Drug or alcohol abusers.

However, Kentucky makes it a Class D felony for a person to knowingly solicit, persuade, encourage, or entice a licensed dealer or private seller of firearms to transfer a firearm under circumstances which the person knows would violate the laws of Kentucky or the United States; or to knowingly provide to a licensed dealer or private seller of firearms what the person knows to be materially false information with intent to deceive the dealer or seller about the legality of a transfer of a firearm; or to procure another to engage in such conduct.2

Notes
  1. Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 527.040. In addition, Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 237.070 prohibits knowingly transferring a firearm to a convicted felon. ⤴︎
  2. Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 527.090(2). ⤴︎