Open Carry in Kentucky

Discussion in 'The Constitutional & RKBA Forum' started by johnlives4christ, Sep 9, 2009.

  1. armedandsafe

    armedandsafe Guest

    The biggest problem I have in this town with open carry is little old ladies. They stop me and ask what I'm carrying. :D

    Pops
  2. johnlives4christ

    johnlives4christ Former Guest

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2008
    Messages:
    3,828
    Location:
    Kentucky
    most of the folks i talk to round here know it's legal but feel that no one should do it for fear that it might offend or scare someone.
  3. xm774u

    xm774u Former Guest

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2010
    Messages:
    179
    Location:
    beond the great abiss
    thanks open carry in mi tomorrow i hope to piss everyone off!
  4. wyoredot

    wyoredot New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2009
    Messages:
    553
    Location:
    Montana
    you GO man!!!
  5. johnlives4christ

    johnlives4christ Former Guest

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2008
    Messages:
    3,828
    Location:
    Kentucky
    still open carrying, still aint had no problems. when i first started open carrying , i was told by the local gunstore that i would have problems. they said they knew folks that had been kicked out of walmart because their concealed carry piece became unconcealed. and they said if a cop seen me i would be hassled, and the people would call the cops and so on. but i haven't had any trouble as of yet, im surprised and relieved and thankful.

    the most i've had is people in a store asking me if i had a license to carry, and i explained that in ky i didnt need a license to open carry, then they were cool about it. mostly just curious folks, or people asking if i was a cop. even had someone come up and thank me for carrying, said it made him glad to see someone exercising their rights to carry. so overall, it's been a positive experience for me.
  6. Couchracer

    Couchracer New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2011
    Messages:
    8
    I retired from Law Enforcement in Florida and moved to Kentucky. Im back at in Kentucky and will tell you....
    1. Any Non-Felon CAN legally carry a forearm openly in the sate without a permit.
    2. Retired LEOS's may carry concealed anywhere in the USA under LEOSA.
    3. LEO's cannot give you a hard time. The law is the law. They cant make their own up as they go. Can some hillbilly cowboy illegally give you a hard time.... sure. Just yes sir him away and continue on with your business.

    My concern is this; There is a very big active "Columbine" type shooter problem in the US today. Law enforcement cannot effectively respond to the problem because it starts and ends within 2 - 5 minutes, and usually ends up with the shooter popping himself (Yes HIMself, 99% of active shooters are male). The only way to combat this problem lays in the citizens hands... and arming lawful citizens will squash this problem quick.

    So bottom line, this is one retired Florida and current Kentucky LEO telling you-- OPEN CARRY IF YOU CAN, LEGALLY CONCEAL CARRY IF YOU CAN'T!
    Last edited: Jan 15, 2011
  7. jjmitchell60

    jjmitchell60 Active Member

    Joined:
    May 10, 2004
    Messages:
    1,540
    Location:
    Raised in Buzzard Roost near Frog Town in hillls o
    I live in KY and do not open carry, I do have my CCW so I carry concealed. Reason I do not open carry is too many who THINK they know the laws do not and most of them run eother a smaller town WalMarts or a fast food place some where. Thus if I carry concealed and being I have my CCW, no hassles. NOW there is one hitch to the open carry in KY. IF you are carrying openly, get cold so put on a coat, AND that coat covers your firearm and holster COMPLETELY; then you are actually carrying concealed and if not a CCW holder, there is a chance you could get in trouble especially if you run across some deputy dog who wants to make a name for himself. It has happened and thankfullly the judge dismissed it in court however the person did have to go throught a lot to get it dismissed.
  8. Couchracer

    Couchracer New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2011
    Messages:
    8
    You're correct. Once the jacket goes on, technically its concealed.
  9. johnlives4christ

    johnlives4christ Former Guest

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2008
    Messages:
    3,828
    Location:
    Kentucky
    welcome two the forum and God bless you couchracer!

    as you might have noticed from my posts, i open carry here in kentucky. i live in hardin county. i have never had a problem. i've even carried in the county clerks office. when i did, i had a police officer come up behind me and we exchanged a hellos and such. he must have known it was legal for me to open carry as he didnt say or do anything.

    i absolutely support the right to carry a firearm both openly and concealed.

    the biggest problem we have in kentucky when open carry if you dont also have a ccw license is if you're in a vehicle. i've been told several times that in the glove box is the only place you can carry a handgun in a vehicle. also been told that if it's open in the vehicle, on the seat or dash or something it would be legal, but have been told illegal as well. the law is unclear on the matter from what research i have done.

    all gun laws are bs if you ask me. criminals dont obey the law... citizens get punished
  10. Rocketman1

    Rocketman1 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2010
    Messages:
    1,211
    Location:
    Columbus, Ohio
    You know the gun laws realy are screwed up. You must pay a fee and take a class to obtain your CCW, but you can open carry with out any test or fee what so ever.

    It is also legal here in Ohio to open carry, although I have never seen anyone do it. However if you do not have your CCW, then you will have to unload the gun and your mags when you travel in your car. If you have your CCW, then you can carry in your car, but you can not:

    knowingly remove or attempt to remove the loaded handgun from the holster, knowingly grasp or hold the loaded handgun, or knowingly have contact with the loaded handgun by touching it with the person’s hands or fingers while the motor vehicle is being operated.
  11. johnlives4christ

    johnlives4christ Former Guest

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2008
    Messages:
    3,828
    Location:
    Kentucky
    hmmmm thats dumb rocketman. so you're saying i cant practice spinning my single action why driving... what a crock.

    gun laws are just like most other laws. written by stupid people who probably couldnt balance a check book, let alone the budget for a county/city/country
  12. johnlives4christ

    johnlives4christ Former Guest

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2008
    Messages:
    3,828
    Location:
    Kentucky
    i went and picked up my wife while her parents were on vacation.. when word got out her daddy had the law on my butt. since i was 2 states away they called my cell and complained. since the wife was over 18 at the time the cops and daddy was pretty much chasing their tails. but the cop was fired up, rightfully so thinking i had kidnapped a little girl. but anyways. i must have said yes sir 150 times in that conversation. he told me... i could have you in jail by the end of the day. maybe he could... but i was thinking... sure you could buddy.... im 2 states away and i know my area.
  13. redwing carson

    redwing carson Former Guest

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2010
    Messages:
    734
    Location:
    western wyoming
    I was checking into Ky handgun laws. I will be passing thru Ky in Feb. The laws are very good . I did notice one strange code however. The Ky law is very strict on concealed carry. The law states that you can not carry conceled on your private property or inside your home without a conceled carry permit. I thought this to be an invasion of personal freedom. This will not cause a problem for me passing thru the state. Wyoming law has always allowed open carry a concealed carry is needed to carry concealed in public places. We can not carry in bars. We may have a Vermont type of law soon the bill has passed the senate this week.

    RC
  14. Double D

    Double D Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2009
    Messages:
    10,220
    Location:
    North Florida
    I would enjoy open carry. I like a thigh holster rig that staps to your belt and around your leg. Your gun is easy to access while driving too. The state of Florida does not allow open carry, probably because of the high population of retirees. I dont really know why. Most gun laws dont make sense anyhow. Lets just get back to the 2nd ammendment and forget the rest.
  15. johnlives4christ

    johnlives4christ Former Guest

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2008
    Messages:
    3,828
    Location:
    Kentucky
    this makes a lot of sense


    carson. i know right... that is stupid you cant conceal at home. and if you get caught is a felony im told. one plus though. you can disregard all private business no firearms signs. and if caught you have not broken any law, they can ask you to leave.

    dont forget, the manual here says. in ky your license also means you can carry ninja stars... i mean.. yeah baby... lots of people pack ninja stars in kentucky... ninja capital of the world
  16. redwing carson

    redwing carson Former Guest

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2010
    Messages:
    734
    Location:
    western wyoming
    Stars I don't know about those things. J4C can you carry a switch blade in Ky with or with out a permit?? My last visit to Ky was in 1966. I was hunting white tail deer near Bowling Green. I think we were hunting near the Barren River not sure maybe wrong on the name. I am sure many things have changed over the years.

    RC
  17. johnlives4christ

    johnlives4christ Former Guest

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2008
    Messages:
    3,828
    Location:
    Kentucky
    you can carry a switchblade with a ccw license. not without though. without a permit you can carry any other knife openly and you can conceal "an ordinary pocket or hunting knife"

    im pretty sure that is the barren river.
  18. redwing carson

    redwing carson Former Guest

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2010
    Messages:
    734
    Location:
    western wyoming
    J4C thx for the up date.

    RC
  19. gun-nut

    gun-nut Member

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2011
    Messages:
    980
    Location:
    ohio
    this is cool
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2011
  20. Couchracer

    Couchracer New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2011
    Messages:
    8
    Nobody is going to question you about carrying concealed within your home. Kentucky also has a great "Stand your ground" law (KRS 503.080 Protection of property. and KRS 503.055 Use of defensive force regarding dwelling, residence, or occupied vehicle -- Exceptions.).

    Bottom line is; protect yourself and your loved ones. Don't be a victim. Armed citizens are the only answer to the active shooter problem we have here in the USA. I will assure you, my deterrent is strapped to my side on and off duty! Exercise your right to carry a firearm! Criminals do!
Similar Threads
Forum Title Date
The Constitutional & RKBA Forum Open Carry Mar 31, 2014
The Constitutional & RKBA Forum CARRYING A FIREARM IN AN OPEN-CARRY STATE DOES NOT CREATE REASONABLE SUSPICION Mar 19, 2013
The Constitutional & RKBA Forum Mississippi open carry??? Feb 11, 2013
The Constitutional & RKBA Forum Lets require all adults to open carry guns in public Dec 14, 2012
The Constitutional & RKBA Forum Open Carry encounter, PA Nov 21, 2012