Kentucky State Law Summary

Posted on January 2, 2012


Last updated December 9, 2013

In our publication 2013 State Scorecard: Why Gun Laws Matter, the Law Center ranked each state based on a review of state laws in 30 different firearms-related policy areas. Kentucky ranked 43rd out of 50 – having some of the weakest gun laws in the nation.

In 2013, the Kentucky legislature enacted new laws that relate to firearms. These new laws are described below.

enacted in 2013

Laws that Weaken Gun Regulation

KY S 150 Removes the six-month residency requirement for concealed weapon permit applicants.


Kentucky does not:

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 2010, Kentucky had the 18th highest number of gun deaths per capita among the states. According to a report by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Iowa had the 3rd highest rate of crime gun exports among the states in 2009–meaning that crime guns originally sold in Iowa were recovered after being used in crimes in other states at the 13 lowest 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.