Kentucky Runs Monthly Background Checks On It’s Concealed Carry Permit Holders


FRANKFORT, KENTUCKY — If you live in the state of Kentucky and have a permit to carry a concealed handgun, the Kentucky State Police are checking up on you, on average, once a month according to an article published by WAVE 3 News.  Their rationale is simple: if a person commits a felony after getting his or her concealed carry handgun, how else will the Kentucky State Police know about it and be able to revoke his or her permit?

It’s a fact that Barry Laws, the owner of a gun range in Kentucky, was happy to expound upon.

“If someone gets involved in a felony for some reason, then they can’t own a firearm, if they have domestic abuse they can’t own a firearm,” he said. “Unless you do these checks all the time, you wouldn’t know.”

According to statistics published by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), Kentucky performs nearly 3 million background checks a month.  That’s more than California and Texas combined.  Kentucky leads the nation in conducting monthly background checks using the NICS database because it is required to periodically check up on its concealed handgun licensees.

If at any time, a Kentucky concealed carrier pops for any of the following offenses, his license will be suspended by the Kentucky State Police — the issuing authority in the state of Kentucky.

  • Felony conviction and/or imprisonment
  • Indictment for any charge that carries with it imprisonment of up to a year’s time
  • Subject to a restraining order
  • Renouncing U.S. citizenship
  • Dishonorable discharge from the armed forces
  • Documented mental illness
  • Drug abuse or treatment for drug abuse
  • Misdemeanor or felony charges of domestic assault

It’s very surprising that a state known for being absolutely draconian about its gun laws — California — and another state absolutely known for its love of guns — Texas — would both pale in comparison to the sharp eye of the Kentucky State Police.  Well, if you live in Kentucky, there’s just one more reason to keep your nose clean if you’re a concealed carrier… Like you need it.

About the Author

GH is a Marine Corps veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and has served as a defense contractor in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. His daily concealed carry handgun is a Glock 26 in a Lenwood Holsters Specter IWB or his Sig Sauer SP2022 in a Dara Holsters Appendix IWB holster.

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