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In 2012, Kentucky enacted a law that created the state law felony crime of “fraudulent firearm transaction.” The law penalizes anyone who knowingly:

  • Solicits, persuades, encourages, or entices a licensed dealer or private seller of firearms to transfer a firearm under circumstances which the person knows would violate federal or state law;
  • Provides to a licensed dealer or private seller of firearms what the person knows to be materially false information with intent to deceive the dealer or seller about the legality of a transfer of a firearm; or
  • Procures another to engage in such conduct.1

“Materially false information” means information that portrays an illegal transaction as legal or a legal transaction as illegal.2

Kentucky has no other laws aimed at firearms trafficking.


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  1. Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 527.090(2).[]
  2. Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 527.090(1)(b) . []