Central City Police Department
Carrying Concealed Deadly Weapons and License Information
Pursuant to KRS 527.020 Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon is a crime in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. A person is guilty of carrying a concealed weapon when he carries concealed a firearm or other deadly weapon on or about his person.
Carrying a concealed deadly weapon is a Class A
Misdemeanor, unless the defendant has been previously convicted of a felony in
which a deadly weapon was possessed, used, or displayed, in which case it is a
Class D Felony. It is unlawful for persons who have any prior Felony
convictions or persons who have a Emergency Protective Order or a Domestic
Violence Order against them, or any person that has ever been convicted of
Domestic Violence to own or possess a firearm.
Note: Carrying Concealed Deadly Weapon also refers to CCDW
Only persons who are licensed to carry or otherwise permitted by law may Carry a Concealed Deadly Weapon
The Kentucky State Police was authorized by KRS 237.110 and KRS 237.115 to issue Concealed Carry Deadly Weapons license beginning October 1, 1996.
Qualifications for a CCDW License
The applicant for a carry concealed deadly weapon (CCDW) license must:
Be a citizen of the United States; and
Be a resident of Kentucky for at least six months prior to filing the application or a member of the Armed Forces of the United States who is on active duty, who is at the time of application assigned to a military posting in Kentucky, and who has been assigned to a posting in Kentucky for six months or longer immediately preceding the filing of the application; and
Be twenty-one (21) years of age or older; and
Not be under indictment for, or have been convicted of, a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year; and
Not be a fugitive from justice; and
Not be an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance; and
Not have been adjudicated as a mental defective or have committed to a mental institution; and
Not have been discharged from the Armed Forces under dishonorable conditions; and
Not be subject to a domestic violence order or emergency protective order; and
Not have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence (see section below for discussion of misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence); and
Not be prohibited from the purchase, receipt or possession of firearms, ammunition or both pursuant to 18 U.S.C. 922(g), 18 U.S.C. 922(n), or applicable state law; and
Not have been committed to a state or federal facility for abuse of a controlled substance or convicted of a misdemeanor relating to a controlled substance within the three-year period immediately preceding the date the application was submitted; and
Not have two or more convictions for violating KRS 189A.010 (Operating motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or other substance which impairs driving ability) within the three (3) years immediately preceding the date on which the application is submitted; and
Not have been committed as an alcoholic pursuant to KRS Chapter 222 or similar laws of another state within the three (3) year period immediately preceding the date on which the application is submitted; and
Not owe a child support arrearage which equals or exceeds the cumulative amount which would be owed after one (1) year of nonpayment; and
Have complied with any subpoena or warrant relating to child support or paternity proceedings; and
Have not been convicted of a violation of KRS 508.030 (Assault in the fourth degree) or 508.080 (Terroristic Threatening in the third degree) within the three years immediately preceding the date on which the application is submitted; and
Demonstrate competence with a firearm by successful completion of a firearms safety or training course offered or approved by the Department of Criminal Justice Training.
NOTE - ONLY SOME OF THE OFFENSES LISTED ABOVE HAVE A THREE-YEAR LIMITATION. OTHER OFFENSES, SUCH AS FELONIES AND MISDEMEANOR CRIMES OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, DO NOT HAVE A TIME LIMIT. IN OTHER WORDS, IF YOU HAVE BEEN CONVICTED OF A FELONY OR MISDEMEANOR CRIME OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, YOU ARE INELIGIBLE FOR A CCDW LICENSE AND ARE PROHIBITED FROM POSSESSING A FIREARM UNDER FEDERAL LAW, NO MATTER HOW LONG AGO YOU WERE CONVICTED.
If you have been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, i.e., a felony, you are not only ineligible to possess a CCDW license; federal law prohibits you from possessing a firearm. Individuals subject to this disability should immediately lawfully dispose of their firearms and ammunition. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) recommends that individuals who have been convicted of a felony surrender their firearms and ammunition to a third party, such as their attorney, local police agency, or a federal firearms dealer. The continued possession of firearms or ammunition by persons under this disability is a violation of federal law and may subject the possessor to criminal penalties as well as seizure and forfeiture of the firearms and ammunition.
Those on pretrial diversion for disqualifying offenses are not eligible for a CCDW license.
Misdemeanor Crimes of Domestic Violence (MCDV)
It is illegal under federal law for any person convicted of a "misdemeanor crime of domestic violence" to ship, transport, possess, or receive firearms or ammunition (18 U.S.C. 922). A "misdemeanor crime of domestic violence" is defined in 18 U.S.C. 921(33) as an offense that:
Is a misdemeanor under federal or state law; and
Has, as an element, the use or attempted use of physical force, or the threatened use of a deadly weapon, committed by a current or former spouse, parent, or guardian of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabiting with or has cohabited with the victim as a spouse, parent, or guardian, or by a person similarly situated to a spouse, parent, or guardian of the victim.
The following misdemeanors under Kentucky law are deemed to be possible misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence. If you have been convicted of any of the following offenses, your application must be reviewed to determine whether your offense involved domestic violence:
KRS 508.030 Assault in the fourth degree (note that this is a three year state disqualifier even if domestic violence was not involved).
KRS 508.040 Assault under Extreme Emotional Disturbance
KRS 508.120 Criminal Abuse in the third degree
KRS 509.030 Unlawful Imprisonment in the second degree
KRS 510.120 Sexual Abuse in second degree
KRS 510.130 Sexual Abuse in third degree
KRS 510.140 Sexual Misconduct
KRS 525.060 Disorderly Conduct
KRS 525.070 Harassment
Note that there is no three-year limitation as with state disqualifiers. If you have been convicted of any of the above offenses, a domestic violence determination must be made regardless of how long ago you were convicted. A domestic violence determination must also be made if you were convicted of similar misdemeanors in federal court or another state or territory. You are not disqualified, even if domestic violence was involved, if your conviction was expunged, set aside or pardoned. If your conviction is determined to be a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, you are not only ineligible to possess a CCDW license; federal law prohibits you from possessing a firearm. Individuals subject to this disability should immediately lawfully dispose of their firearms and ammunition. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) recommends that individuals who have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence surrender their firearms and ammunition to a third party, such as their attorney, local police agency, or a federal firearms dealer. The continued possession of firearms or ammunition by persons under this disability is a violation of federal law and may subject the possessor to criminal penalties as well as seizure and forfeiture of the firearms and ammunition.
Any person wishing to have a CCDW license must first complete the required training class by a certified instructor.
List of local certified instructors:
Rick Davenport (270)
Donavon Whitaker (270) 754-5821
Roy Dyer (270) 525-0015
(Note: the above list of instructors are provided solely for public information, the above individuals are not employed or contracted through the Central City Police Department)
An applicant for a CCDW license may obtain an application from the sheriff’s office in their county of residence.
The completed application along with $60.00 is to be returned to the sheriff’s office. (Retired police officers are exempt from the payment for the CCDW license).
The application will be sent to the Kentucky State Police within five working days.
The application form, completed under oath, must include the following:
CCDW Restrictions on Carrying by Qualified License Holders
A concealed firearm or other deadly weapon MAY 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.
General Assembly session, including committee meetings.
Businesses which dispense beer or other alcoholic beverages for consumption, excluding restaurants receiving 50% of sales from food purchases.
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 airport where restricted access is controlled by the inspection of persons or property.
Any place where the carrying of a firearm is prohibited by federal law.
Effective, July 15, 1998, Kentucky recognizes valid carry concealed weapons licenses issued by other states.
Chart: State/Territory Responses on Reciprocity*
|District of Columbia||NO||Florida||YES|
|New Jersey||NO||New Mexico||NO|
|New York||NO||North Carolina||YES|
|Rhode Island||OTHER||Samoa Territory||NO|
|South Carolina||NO||South Dakota||YES|
|US Virgin Islands||OTHER||Utah||
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Last Updated 12/06/2006