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Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 2021 ‘Background Checks in Kentucky.’ Background Checks. San Francisco, CA: Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 19 June
Background Checks in Kentucky
Federal law requires federally licensed firearms dealers (but not private sellers) to initiate a background check on the purchaser prior to sale of a firearm. Federal law provides states with the option of serving as a state "point of contact" and conducting their own background checks using state, as well as federal, records and databases, or having the checks performed by the FBI using only the National Instant Criminal Background Check System ("NICS") database. (Note that state files are not always included in the federal database.)
Kentucky is not a point of contact state for the NICS. Kentucky has no law requiring firearms dealers to initiate background checks prior to transferring a firearm. As a result, in Kentucky firearms dealers must initiate the background check required by federal law by contacting the FBI directly.
Kentucky does not require private sellers (sellers who are not licensed dealers) to initiate a background check when transferring a firearm…
Concealed weapons permit holders whose permits were issued on or after July 12, 2006, qualify as exempt from future background checks when purchasing a firearm, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) chart that outlines those permits that qualify as alternatives to the Brady Act. Please note that ATF's exempt status determination for a given state is subject to change without notice…
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