Kentucky has some of the weakest gun laws in the country, earning an F in our Annual Gun Law Scorecard. Kentucky allows any person 21 years or older who is legally able to purchase a firearm to carry it concealed in public, without a permit or background check. In 2017, Kentucky had the 16th-highest gun death rate in the country and supplied crime guns to other states at the eighth-highest rate. To save lives from gun violence, Kentucky could require background checks and waiting periods on all gun sales, and prohibit domestic abusers from possessing firearms.

  • Prohibition against carrying loaded guns in bars

  • Universal background checks

  • Concealed carry permitting requirement

  • Assault weapon, 50 caliber rifle, and large capacity magazine ban

  • Firearm owner licensing

  • Firearm registration

  • Lost and stolen firearm reporting

  • Bulk firearm purchase restrictions

  • Waiting period

  • Handgun design safety standards

  • Local governments have authority to regulate firearms and ammunition

  • Ammunition sale regulation