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Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 2021 ‘Gun Dealers in Kentucky.’ Gun Sales. San Francisco, CA: Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 1 March
Dealer Regulations in Kentucky
Federal law requires firearms dealers to obtain a license from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF), although resource limitations prevent the ATF from properly overseeing all its licensees.
Kentucky has no law requiring firearms dealers to obtain a state license or permit. Kentucky also has no law requiring dealers to conduct a background check on prospective firearm purchasers, although the federal background check requirement applies.
The only law Kentucky has concerning any kind of firearm sale prohibits knowingly transferring a firearm to a convicted felon.
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