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Kentucky Firearm Bill of Sale Form

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Kentucky Firearm Bill of Sale Form

Updated September 19, 2023

A Kentucky firearm bill of sale is a document that proves the completion of the legal sale, purchase, or trade of a firearm in Kentucky. It can also be used as evidence of a formal change of ownership. It requires the signatures of two (2) witnesses in the presence of a notary public.

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Privately Selling a Firearm

Any individual legally allowed to own a firearm can also privately sell a firearm in Kentucky without a formal dealer’s license.[1]

Prohibited from Buying

It is considered unlawful to possess or purchase a firearm if an individual:[2]

  • is under indictment for, or has been convicted in any court of, a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year;
  • is a fugitive from justice;
  • is an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance;[3]
  • has been adjudicated as a mental defective or has been committed to any mental institution;
  • who, being an alien—
    • is illegally or unlawfully in the United States; or
    • has been admitted to the United States under a nonimmigrant visa[4]
  • who has been discharged from the Armed Forces under dishonorable conditions;
  • who, having been a citizen of the United States, has renounced his citizenship;
  • is subject to a court order that restrains such person from harassing, stalking, or threatening an intimate partner of such person or child of such intimate partner or person, or engaging in other conduct that would place an intimate partner in reasonable fear of bodily injury to the partner or child, except that this paragraph shall only apply to a court order that—
    • was issued after a hearing of which such person received actual notice, and at which such person had the opportunity to participate; and
      • includes a finding that such person represents a credible threat to the physical safety of such intimate partner or child; or
      • by its terms explicitly prohibits the use, attempted use, or threatened use of physical force against such intimate partner or child that would reasonably be expected to cause bodily injury; or
  • has been convicted in any court of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.

* A ban on individuals under felony indictment was held unconstitutional.[5]

Registering a Firearm

Kentucky does not have any laws that require the registration of firearms with the state.

Concealed Carry

Any person who is at least twenty-one (21) years old is permitted to concealed carry in Kentucky without a permit.[6]

How to Apply

Kentucky does offer a Concealed Carry Deadly Weapons permit for individuals who would like to obtain one.

Step 1 – Complete an application for a concealed carry permit. Physical applications can be obtained in-person at county sheriff’s offices.

Step 2 – Attach a color passport-style photograph of the applicant and proof of completion of a firearm safety training course.

Step 3 – Submit the application in person to the applicant’s local county sheriff’s office or online via the Kentucky State Police Portal.

Step 4 – Pay a $60 application fee.

Step 5 – The sheriff’s office will issue or deny the license within sixty (60) days of receiving the application.


The state of Kentucky recognizes concealed carry permits from all U.S. states.[7]


  1. K.R.S. 237.104
  2. 18 U.S.C. sec 922(g)(8)
  3. 21 U.S.C. 802(102)
  4. 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(26)
  5. United States v. Quiroz (2022)
  6. K.R.S. 237.109
  7. KRS 237.110(20)(a)