In 2012, Kentucky enacted a law that created the state law felony crime of “fraudulent firearm transaction.” The law penalizes anyone who knowingly:
- Solicits, persuades, encourages, or entices a licensed dealer or private seller of firearms to transfer a firearm under circumstances which the person knows would violate federal or state law;
- Provides 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
- Procures another to engage in such conduct.1
“Materially false information” means information that portrays an illegal transaction as legal or a legal transaction as illegal.2
Kentucky has no other laws aimed at firearms trafficking.
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