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Civilian Guns

Proportion of Adults Living in a Home With a Gun

ChartIn Kentucky, the percentage of adults living in a household with a firearm is reported to be

2004: 48.0%1
2002: 48.0%2
2001: 47.7%3

Proportion of Households with Firearms

In Kentucky, the percentage of households with one or more guns is reported to be

2004: 53.20%4

Proportion of Households with Firearms by Decade

ChartIn Kentucky, the percentage of households with one or more guns is estimated to be

2001/2010: 66.1%5 6
1991/2000: 73.0%
1981/1990: 75.5%

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn Kentucky, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2014: 6347
2013: 622
2012: 655
2011: 617
2010: 555
2009: 560
2008: 567
2007: 612
2006: 531
2005: 548
2004: 551
2003: 560
2002: 544
2001: 524
2000: 542
1999: 525

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

ChartIn Kentucky, the annual rate of all gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2014: 14.377
2013: 14.14
2012: 14.94
2011: 14.12
2010: 12.79
2009: 12.97
2008: 13.43
2007: 14.38
2006: 12.59
2005: 13.10
2004: 13.29
2003: 13.60
2002: 13.30
2001: 12.88
2000: 13.41
1999: 13.07

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn Kentucky, annual homicides by any means total

2013: 2027
2012: 236
2011: 188
2010: 199
2009: 212
2008: 240
2007: 213
2006: 192
2005: 222
2004: 228
2003: 193
2002: 195
2001: 221
2000: 204
1999: 210

Rate of Homicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Kentucky, the annual rate of homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2013: 4.607
2012: 5.39
2011: 4.31
2010: 4.59
2009: 4.91
2008: 5.59
2007: 5.00
2006: 4.55
2005: 5.31
2004: 5.50
2003: 4.69
2002: 4.77
2001: 5.43
2000: 5.05
1999: 5.23

Gun Homicides

ChartIn Kentucky, annual firearm homicides total

2013: 1387
2012: 159
2011: 133
2010: 125
2009: 133
2008: 160
2007: 152
2006: 111
2005: 152
2004: 152
2003: 115
2002: 127
2001: 138
2000: 133
1999: 142

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Kentucky, the annual rate of firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 3.147
2012: 3.63
2011: 3.05
2010: 2.88
2009: 3.08
2008: 3.73
2007: 3.57
2006: 2.63
2005: 3.63
2004: 3.67
2003: 2.79
2002: 3.11
2001: 3.39
2000: 3.29
1999: 3.53

Handgun Homicides

ChartIn Kentucky, according to figures8 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), annual handgun homicides total

2013: 829 10
2012: 101
2011: 77
2010: 76
2009: 90
2008: 78
2007: 111
2006: 78
2005: 94
2004: 99
2003: 22
2002: 42
2001: 34
2000: 35
1999: 35
1998: 59
1996: 98
1995: 114

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Kentucky, according to figures11 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 1.8612
2012: 2.30
2011: 1.76
2010: 1.75
2009: 2.08
2008: 1.82
2007: 2.61
2006: 1.85
2005: 2.25
2004: 2.39
2003: 0.53
2002: 1.03
2001: 0.84
2000: 0.86
1999: 0.87
1998: 1.48
1996: 2.50
1995: 2.93

Handgun Homicides (CDC)

ChartIn Kentucky, according to figures8 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), annual handgun homicides total

2013: 1313 10
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 10
2008: 10
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 11
2004: 13
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 11
2001: 15
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 14

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn Kentucky, according to figures11 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13 10
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Long Gun Homicides

ChartIn Kentucky, according to figures14 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), annual long gun homicides total

2013: 169 10
2012: 12
2011: 11
2010: 22
2009: 11
2008: 21
2007: 16
2006: 14
2005: 19
2004: 26
2003: 3
2002: 7
2001: 3
2000: 3
1999: 7
1998: 9
1996: 29
1995: 36

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Kentucky, according to figures15 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the annual rate of long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.3612
2012: 0.27
2011: 0.25
2010: 0.51
2009: 0.25
2008: 0.49
2007: 0.38
2006: 0.33
2005: 0.45
2004: 0.63
2003: 0.07
2002: 0.17
2001: 0.07
2000: 0.07
1999: 0.17
1998: 0.23
1996: 0.74
1995: 0.93

Long Gun Homicides (CDC)

ChartIn Kentucky, according to figures14 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), annual long gun homicides total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13 10
2012: 11
2011: 10
2010: 10
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 15
2007: 12
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 15
2004: 10
2003: 10
2002: 11
2001: 19
2000: 16
1999: 22

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn Kentucky, according to figures15 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the annual rate of long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13 10
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.55

Gun Homicides (Other)

ChartIn Kentucky, according to figures16 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), annual firearm homicides (other) total

2013: 139 10
2012: 9
2011: 12
2010: 18
2009: 11
2008: 22
2007: 4
2006: 6
2005: 11
2004: 12
2003: 29
2002: 4
2001: 14
2000: 9
1999: 10
1998: 12
1996: 19
1995: 13

Rate of Gun Homicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Kentucky, according to figures17 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the annual rate of firearm homicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.3012
2012: 0.21
2011: 0.27
2010: 0.41
2009: 0.25
2008: 0.51
2007: 0.09
2006: 0.14
2005: 0.26
2004: 0.29
2003: 0.70
2002: 0.10
2001: 0.34
2000: 0.22
1999: 0.25
1998: 0.30
1996: 0.48
1995: 0.33

Gun Homicides (Other) (CDC)

ChartIn Kentucky, according to figures16 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), annual firearm homicides (other) total

2013: 11813 10
2012: 142
2011: 115
2010: 107
2009: 115
2008: 135
2007: 136
2006: 101
2005: 126
2004: 129
2003: 98
2002: 105
2001: 104
2000: 108
1999: 106

Rate of Gun Homicide (Other) per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn Kentucky, according to figures17 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the annual rate of firearm homicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 2.6813 10
2012: 3.24
2011: 2.63
2010: 2.47
2009: 2.66
2008: 3.15
2007: 3.19
2006: 2.39
2005: 3.01
2004: 3.11
2003: 2.38
2002: 2.57
2001: 2.56
2000: 2.67
1999: 2.64

Suicides (any method)

ChartIn Kentucky, annual suicides by any means total

2013: 7017
2012: 724
2011: 675
2010: 631
2009: 592
2008: 612
2007: 649
2006: 622
2005: 566
2004: 560
2003: 567
2002: 540
2001: 495
2000: 521
1999: 470

Rate of Suicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Kentucky, the annual rate of suicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2013: 15.957
2012: 16.53
2011: 15.46
2010: 14.54
2009: 13.71
2008: 14.27
2007: 15.25
2006: 14.74
2005: 13.53
2004: 13.51
2003: 13.77
2002: 13.20
2001: 12.17
2000: 12.89
1999: 11.70

Gun Suicides

ChartIn Kentucky, annual firearm suicides total

2013: 4537
2012: 469
2011: 453
2010: 404
2009: 403
2008: 394
2007: 422
2006: 383
2005: 373
2004: 377
2003: 400
2002: 364
2001: 331
2000: 373
1999: 334

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Kentucky, the annual rate of firearm suicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 10.317
2012: 10.71
2011: 10.37
2010: 9.31
2009: 9.34
2008: 9.18
2007: 9.91
2006: 9.08
2005: 8.92
2004: 9.09
2003: 9.72
2002: 8.90
2001: 8.14
2000: 9.23
1999: 8.31

Handgun Suicides

ChartIn Kentucky, annual handgun suicides total

2013: 5913
2012: 67
2011: 69
2010: 58
2009: 56
2008: 38
2007: 48
2006: 40
2005: 47
2004: 46
2003: 41
2002: 36
2001: 39
2000: 44
1999: 50

Rate of Handgun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Kentucky, the annual rate of handgun suicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 1.3413
2012: 1.53
2011: 1.58
2010: 1.34
2009: 1.30
2008: 0.89
2007: 1.13
2006: 0.95
2005: 1.12
2004: 1.11
2003: 1.00
2002: 0.88
2001: 0.96
2000: 1.09
1999: 1.24

Long Gun Suicides

ChartIn Kentucky, the number of long gun suicides is

2013: 4113
2012: 38
2011: 38
2010: 31
2009: 31
2008: 39
2007: 41
2006: 47
2005: 37
2004: 29
2003: 37
2002: 42
2001: 34
2000: 43
1999: 33

Rate of Long Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Kentucky, the annual rate of long gun suicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.9313
2012: 0.87
2011: 0.87
2010: 0.71
2009: 0.72
2008: 0.91
2007: 0.96
2006: 1.11
2005: 0.88
2004: 0.70
2003: 0.90
2002: 1.03
2001: 0.84
2000: 1.06
1999: 0.82

Gun Suicides (Other)

ChartIn Kentucky, annual gun suicides (other) total

2013: 35313
2012: 364
2011: 346
2010: 315
2009: 316
2008: 317
2007: 333
2006: 296
2005: 289
2004: 302
2003: 322
2002: 286
2001: 258
2000: 286
1999: 251

Rate of Gun Suicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Kentucky, the annual rate of gun suicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 8.0313
2012: 8.31
2011: 7.92
2010: 7.26
2009: 7.32
2008: 7.39
2007: 7.82
2006: 7.02
2005: 6.91
2004: 7.28
2003: 7.82
2002: 6.99
2001: 6.34
2000: 7.08
1999: 6.25

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn Kentucky, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2013: 217
2012: 17
2011: 15
2010: 16
2009: 15
2008: 17
2007: 30
2006: 23
2005: 16
2004: 16
2003: 34
2002: 39
2001: 45
2000: 31
1999: 35

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Kentucky, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.487
2012: 0.39
2011: 0.34
2010: 0.37
2009: 0.35
2008: 0.40
2007: 0.70
2006: 0.55
2005: 0.38
2004: 0.39
2003: 0.83
2002: 0.95
2001: 1.11
2000: 0.77
1999: 0.87

Unintentional Handgun Deaths

ChartIn Kentucky, annual unintentional shooting deaths by handgun total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Unintentional Handgun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Kentucky, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by handgun per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Unintentional Long Gun Deaths

ChartIn Kentucky, annual unintentional shooting deaths by long gun total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Unintentional Long Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Kentucky, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by long gun per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Unintentional Gun Deaths (Other)

ChartIn Kentucky, annual unintentional shooting deaths by firearm (other) total

2013: 1813
2012: 12
2011: 12
2010: 10
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 15
2007: 24
2006: 18
2005: 12
2004: 12
2003: 32
2002: 29
2001: 36
2000: 22
1999: 29

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Kentucky, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by firearm (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.56
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.78
2002: 0.71
2001: 0.88
2000: 0.54
1999: 0.72

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Kentucky, annual shooting deaths in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 0 (suppressed)7
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 7
2006: 10
2005: 2
2004: 3
2003: 6
2002: 13
2001: 6
2000: 5
1999: 12

Rate of Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Kentucky, the annual rate of unknown-cause shooting deaths per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)7
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.16
2006: 0.24
2005: 0.05
2004: 0.07
2003: 0.15
2002: 0.32
2001: 0.15
2000: 0.12
1999: 0.30

Handgun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Kentucky, annual deaths by handgun in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Handgun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Kentucky, the annual rate of unknown-cause handgun deaths per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Long Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Kentucky, annual deaths by long gun in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Long Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Kentucky, the annual rate of unknown-cause long gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Gun Deaths (Other) from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Kentucky, annual deaths by firearm (other) in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 11
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 11

Rate of Gun Death (Other) from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Kentucky, the annual rate of unknown-cause gun deaths (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Justifiable Gun Homicides

ChartIn Kentucky, annual legal-intervention gun homicides total

2011: 1118
2010: 4
2009: 12
2008: 519
2007: 7
2006: 4
2005: 3
2004: 2
2003: 3
2002: 6
2001: 420
2000: 5
1999: 4
1998: 1
1997: 1
1996: 1
1995: 1

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Origin of Crime Guns

Suppliers of Crime Guns to Other US States (Rate)

When crime guns seized in the United States were traced, interstate gun traffickers had sourced their weapons from Kentucky at a rate of 34.921 per 100,000 inhabitants

Suppliers of Crime Guns to Other US States (Rank)

When crime guns seized in the United States were traced, Kentucky ranked at No. 321 out of 51 US jurisdictions as a source of weapons for interstate gun trafficking

MeasuresGun Regulation

Firearm Regulation - Guiding Policy

The regulation of guns in Kentucky is categorised as permissive22

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in Kentucky includes the Kentucky Revised Statutes and the Constitution of Kentucky 189123

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in Kentucky are regulated by the State of Kentucky24 25 26

Right to Possess Firearms

In Kentucky, the right to private gun ownership is conditionally guaranteed by the US Constitution,27 as limited by federal law28 and state law29 25 26

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

In Kentucky, civilians are not allowed to possess machine guns, unless manufactured prior to 19 May 1986,30 31 but civilians are allowed to possess assault weapons,32 .50 calibre rifles33 and large capacity ammunition magazines34 25 26

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

In Kentucky, private possession of fully automatic weapons is permitted subject to federal licensing and registration31 30 25 26

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In Kentucky, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is permitted without a licence32 25 26

Regulation of Handguns

In Kentucky, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is permitted without a licence35 36 25 26

Gun Ownership and Possession

In Kentucky, non-prohibited persons of minimum age35 36 25 26 may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in Kentucky is 18 years for handguns (no minimum age for shotguns and rifles)37 25 26

Domestic Violence and Firearms

Where a past history, or apprehended likelihood of family violence exists, the law in Kentucky does not stipulate38 25 26 that firearm possession should be denied or revoked

Firearm Safety Training

In Kentucky, an understanding of firearm safety and the law, tested in a theoretical and/or practical training course is required for a permit to carry a hidden handgun39 25 26

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In Kentucky, the law does not require40 25 26 that a record of the acquisition, possession and transfer of each privately held firearm be retained in an official register

Gun Dealer Record Keeping

In Kentucky, licensed firearm dealers are not required41 25 26 to keep a record of each firearm or ammunition purchase, sale or transfer on behalf of a regulating authority

Gun Sales and Transfers

Regulation of Private Gun Sales

In Kentucky, the private sale and transfer of firearms is permitted42 25 26

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In Kentucky, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is not unlawful43 25 26

Background Checks for Private Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm in a private sale in Kentucky is not obliged44 25 26 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Background Checks for Dealer Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm from a licensed gun dealer in Kentucky is not obliged (under State Law)45 25 26 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Limit on Gun Dealer Sales

In Kentucky, the number and type of firearms which can be sold by a licensed gun dealer to a single gun owner is not limited46 25 26

Number of Licensed Gun Dealers

ChartThe number of licensed firearm dealers in Kentucky is reported to be

2015: 2,50747
2014: 2,54748
2013: 2,47349
2012: 2,34650
2011: 2,24151

Waiting Period for Gun Possession

In Kentucky, the minimum wait for a lawful firearm purchase to be completed is undetermined52 25 26

Regulation of Gun Shows

In Kentucky, gun shows and temporary firearm dealing events are not regulated53 25 26 in law

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in Kentucky do not include54 25 26 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of private guns and ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Dealer

Firearm regulations in Kentucky do not include55 25 26 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by licensed arms dealers

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Regulations in Kentucky include56 54 25 26 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit

Marking and Tracing Guns and Ammunition

Firearm Marking

In Kentucky, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is required by law57 58 59 60 25 26

Ballistic Record of Firearms and Ammunition

In Kentucky, the ballistic characteristics of each civilian firearm and its ammunition are not61 25 26 recorded in a register

Carrying Guns

Carrying Guns Openly in Public

In Kentucky, carrying a firearm in plain view in a public place is allowed without a permit62 25 26

Carrying Hidden Handguns in Public

In Kentucky, carrying a concealed firearm in a public place is allowed, subject to a valid permit39 25 26

Hidden Handgun Permit May, or Shall Be Issued

In Kentucky, local licensing authorities "shall issue", without room for discretion,39 63 25 26 a hidden handgun carry permit to any non-prohibited person who applies

Reciprocity for Hidden Handgun Permit Holders

In Kentucky, gun owners with a permit to carry hidden handguns issued in another jurisdiction are granted (by mutual agreement)39 25 26 reciprocal rights

Exempting Hidden Handgun Permit Holders from Background Checks

In Kentucky, gun owners with a valid permit to carry a hidden handgun are exempt44 25 26 from background checks when buying from a licensed gun dealer

Gun Free Zones

In Kentucky, private guns are prohibited in bars (not including restaurants), police stations, detention facilities, courthouses, airports, care facilities (children), local and municipal meetings (with limited exceptions), any public building prohibiting firearms, and any private business prohibiting firearms,64 vehicles (exposed firearms)56 and schools (elementary and secondary), but generally not in postsecondary schools and schools of higher education65 25 26

Grading US State Gun Laws

Gun Law Ranking – LCPGV

In their 'A-F' State Scorecard of US gun laws, the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence ranked Kentucky as ‘F’66

Gun Law Ranking – Brady Campaign

ChartIn its annual State Scorecard, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence scored firearm legislation in Kentucky on a scale of 0 points (weak) to 100 points (strong)

2011: 267
2010: 268
2009: 269
2008: 270
2007: 271

Gun Law Ranking – Open Society Institute

In its Comparative Survey of State Firearm Laws, the Open Society Institute ranked Kentucky at No. 4572 among 50 US States


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