Gun Laws in Kentucky

State Law Background

Kentucky does not:

State of Gun Violence Factsheet

Local governments in Kentucky generally lack authority to regulate firearms or ammunition, and the state requires local law enforcement to issue a concealed handgun license to any applicant who meets certain basic qualifications.

In 2016, Kentucky had the 13th highest number of gun deaths per capita among the states. 772 people died from gunshot wounds in Kentucky in that year.  Kentucky had the 11th highest rate of crime gun exports among the states in 2016—meaning that guns originally sold in Kentucky were recovered after being used in crimes in other states at the 11th highest rate among the states.

Kentucky Firearms Laws

For details about specific firearms laws in Kentucky, choose a topic below, or see all of the firearms laws in this state.