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    Kentucky Carry Laws

    Anything I need to know special about the carry laws in Kentucky??

    This is what I found on the Kentucky State Police Site:

    A concealed firearm or other deadly weapon SHALL NOT be carried in the following places:

    • Police station or sheriff's office.
    • Detention facility, prison or jail.
    • Courthouse (Court of Justice, courtroom or court proceeding).
    • County, municipal, or special district governing body meetings.
    • Meeting of governing body of a county, municipality, or special district.
    • General Assembly session, including committee meetings.
    • Any portion of an establishment licensed to dispense beer or alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises, which portion of the establishment is primarily devoted to that purpose.
    • Elementary or secondary school facilities (without the consent of school authorities).
    • Child-caring facilities, day care centers, or any certified family child care home.
    • Areas within an airport where restricted access is controlled by the inspection of persons or property.
    • Any place where federal law prohibits the carrying of a firearm.



    I read this one: Any portion of an establishment licensed to dispense beer or alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises, which portion of the establishment is primarily devoted to that purpose. just like Texas where I can sit in a restaurant that serves alcohol but not a bar. Is that correct?

    Does this about cover everything I need to know??
    Timmy Jimmy

    If it is not in the US Constitution then the Federal Government should not be doing it.

    "Carrying a gun is a social responsibility."

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    That just about sums it up here, pretty straight forward. This is also an open carry state, so you're good to go with a loaded firearm in the glove compartment as well. Even tho it's OC here the boys/gals in blue will stop you in the bigger cities like Lexington. Hope you have a good time here in the blue grass state.
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    Did yha happen to read the part about approved carry weapons?

    Makes me sad im not from kentucky.

    All i get to carry here is a basic handgun :-)


    * Any weapon from which a shot, readily capable of producing death or serious physical injury, may be discharged.
    * Any knife other than an ordinary pocket knife or hunting knife.
    * Billy, nightstick, or club.
    * Blackjack or slapjack.
    * Nunchaku karate sticks.
    * Shiriken or death star.
    * Artificial knuckles made from plastic, or other similar hard material.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timmy Jimmy View Post
    I read this one: Any portion of an establishment licensed to dispense beer or alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises, which portion of the establishment is primarily devoted to that purpose. just like Texas where I can sit in a restaurant that serves alcohol but not a bar. Is that correct?
    Yes, that about covers it. It's actually up for debate whether or not you can sit at the bar, in a restaurant that earns 51% of it's income from non-alcoholic endeavors. The way the law is written, it seems you can. You are certainly safe in the restaurant portion.

    Pretty friendly here to such things. Welcome and enjoy your trip. :-)

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    You'll find most LE quite cool about the whole thing around here. OC is not common, but I see it now and then - even in downtown Lexington.

    Louisville can be a hassle due to the more urban environment.

    Welcome to the Bluegrass! There's a glass o' bourbon waiting for ya' on the counter!
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    A big "Howdy to ya'll" from Kentucky. I'm proud to live here ( except for we're a big boost for the Dems). The carry laws are excellent here.
    If you carry somewhere posted, it's not against the law. Parks, rest stops, restaurants (51%food), most anywhere is good. Ky is a gold star state for open carry though I see very little of it here in West Ky.
    As mentioned you can carry many different deadly weapons and you're not restricted to what handgun you carry. You don't have to notify an officer. We have the Castle Doctrine. Have a good time and welcome to Ky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scot Van View Post
    You'll find most LE quite cool about the whole thing around here. OC is not common, but I see it now and then - even in downtown Lexington.

    Louisville can be a hassle due to the more urban environment.

    Welcome to the Bluegrass! There's a glass o' bourbon waiting for ya' on the counter!
    I plan on stopping in Frankfort on my way home. I want to get a bottle of the real Kentucky whiskey

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    Thank You for all the comments
    Timmy Jimmy

    If it is not in the US Constitution then the Federal Government should not be doing it.

    "Carrying a gun is a social responsibility."

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