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Kentucky’s gun laws are among the weakest in the country. No state law requires background checks on all firearm sales. This makes it easy for prohibited purchasers to buy any gun they’d like with no questions asked, by buying it from an unlicensed seller, like a person they meet online or at a gun show.

728 In an average year, 728 people die by guns in Kentucky.
15th Kentucky has the 15th-highest rate of gun suicides in the US.
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Kentucky does not prohibit known domestic abusers from having guns. As of 2019, it allows the carry of hidden loaded guns in public with no permit, no background check and no safety training. While an informational hearing on extreme risk protection orders was held in 2019, a bill has not been introduced.

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