Kentucky State NFA Rules and Allowable NFA Items

Kentucky is a state that respects gun owner’s rights to own all types of firearms and NFA items. There are no restrictions on owning NFA weapons in Kentucky, as long as they are properly registered with the federal government. In addition, a person engaging in legal hunting may employ the use of a silencer while doing so.

Possession of NFA Items:
237.020 Right of Kentucky residents, out-of-state residents, and residents of other countries to buy firearms.
     (1) Residents of the Commonwealth of Kentucky who are citizens of the United States shall have the right to purchase or otherwise acquire rifles, shotguns, handguns, and any other firearms which they are permitted to purchase or otherwise acquire under federal law and the Kentucky Revised Statutes from properly licensed dealers, manufacturers, importers, or collectors, and unlicensed individual persons in Kentucky or in any other state or nation outside of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
     (2) Residents of states other than the Commonwealth of Kentucky who are citizens of the United States shall have the right to purchase or otherwise acquire rifles, shotguns, handguns, and any other firearms which they are permitted to purchase or otherwise acquire under federal law and the Kentucky Revised Statutes from properly licensed dealers, manufacturers, importers, or collectors, and from unlicensed individual persons in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
     (3) Citizens of countries other than the United States shall have the right to purchase or otherwise acquire rifles, shotguns, handguns, and any other firearms which they are permitted to purchase or otherwise acquire under federal law and the Kentucky Revised Statutes from properly licensed dealers, manufacturers, importers, or collectors, and from unlicensed individual persons in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
     (4) All such sales shall conform to the requirements of federal law, the Kentucky Revised Statutes, applicable local ordinances, and the law of the purchaser's state.
     *Note: Emphasis Added

Shall Certify Statute:
Senate Bill 232
SECTION 1. A NEW SECTION OF KRS CHAPTER 237 IS CREATED TO READ AS FOLLOWS:
     (1) For purposes of this section:

     (a) "Certification" means the participation and assent of the chief law-enforcement officer necessary under federal law for the approval of the application to transfer or make a firearm;
     (b) "Chief law-enforcement officer" means the sheriff of the county of the applicant's residence, notwithstanding the provisions of 27 C.F.R. secs. 479.63 and 479.85; and
     (c) "Firearm" has the same meaning as provided in the National Firearms Act, 26 U.S.C. § 5845 (a).

(2)
     (a) When a chief law enforcement officer's certification is required by federal law or regulation for the transfer or making of a firearm, the chief law-enforcement officer shall, within fifteen (15) days of receipt of a request for certification, provide this certification if the applicant is not prohibited by law from receiving or possessing the firearm and is not the subject of a proceeding that could result in the applicant being prohibited by law from receiving or possessing the firearm. If the chief law enforcement officer is unable to make a certification as required by this section, he or she shall provide the applicant a written notification of the denial and the reason for this determination.

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