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What is Kentucky like for shooters?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Tokugawa, Jan 20, 2008.

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  1. Tokugawa

    Tokugawa Member

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    Every once in a while I get the bug to move from Puget Sound, generally i look around/visit a place during the summer. Lately, Kentucky has interested me. The Hardwood forests are a lot like the place I grew up.
    And I am self employed and do not need local customers.
    I am imagining a 50 acre plus piece of land, somewhere I can plink on my own land. It would be real nice to be somewhat near a little town with a used bookstore, tavern, movie house etc- maybe someplace that is building back up from the 80's ghost-town syndrome. (where all the stores closed, all the jobs moved out etc.)
    So Kentucky residents, what is it like? What do you like or dislike about your state?
     
  2. 2RCO

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    I am currently moving from Kentucky to Missouri. That being said Kentucky is one of the greatest places-- period-- for firearms owners. There is a provision in the Commonwealth's Constitution that no municipality can make it's own gun laws. Very Class 3 friendly as well--note Knob Creek. You might get sticker shock on land depending where you look. I suggest eastern kentucky for cheapness. Forget Northern Kentucky or the Lexington area unless you are planning on paying a good chunk of cash.
     
  3. Keegan

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    As a gun enthusiast, I think Kentucky is great. CCW is shall-issue and is only banned from schools & daycares, PD, prisons, courthouse, any meeting of governing body, bars & the bar section of restaurants, and any place that posts a sign saying no concealed weapons. However, if you carry a weapon into a place that posts a sign (as long as it's not one of the other places listed), all they can do is ask you to leave. Open carry is legal. We have castle law, no "gun register" is kept by The Man™, and private sales of firearms doesn't require a background check. Pretty sure gun shows don't require bg check either, but I've never bought anything at one because they're always overpriced. Aside from that, living here is pretty nice. The landscape is beautiful, cost of living is low, and the people are nice. Feel free to ask me whatever you want, I don't want to bore you to death with my rambling.
     
  4. Keegan

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    Oh yeah, and if you have to go to any of those "gun free" places, you're allowed to leave it in the glove box. This does not apply to college campuses (notably UK). They seem to think that keeping guns off campus entirely is helping people, so you aren't even permitted to have them in your car. That reminds me, the glove box is NOT considered a concealed location, so you can keep a weapon there before you get your CCDW. Other than that, I believe it has to be kept locked and unloaded in a case in the trunk.
     
  5. Javelin

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    The Song titled "Song of the South" is coming to mind at the moment...

    Kentucky is a beutiful state. Plenty of things to do and I would recommend the Louisville area.

    :)
     
  6. Mousegun

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    Tennessee should take a lesson from KY.
     
  7. bakert

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    My bank has one of those signs but I just ignore it figuring they put it on the door to discourage people that might consider robbing them.:rolleyes:
    Actually most of Kentucky is pretty gun friendly with the exception of the cities of Louisville and Lexington but we still have gun shops and a few indoor ranges. I live just outside of Louisville and finding a place to shoot or hunt on private land nearby is much harder to find nowadays than in the past. I wish Knob Creek was about 30 miles closer to me.
     
  8. Gun Wielding Maniac

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    In an earlier comment, it was said that you were forbidden by law from carrying a gun in the glove box of your car on the UK campus. This is untrue. The University says you can't carry a gun in your car on campus... They can ask you to leave, but they can't do anything to you legally.

    Also, it's legal to hunt with silencers in KY :D
     
  9. Keegan

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    Right, not by law, the University just forbids it. Thanks for clarifying that.
     
  10. arflattop

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    As background, I grew up in Northern Virginia, i.e. a city boy, and have lived in the Central KY area for about 10 years. As others have expressed, it is a great place for gun owners. Land prices are still reasonable, but beginning to increase due to interest from the retiring baby boomers from Louisville and other states. I think you'd be astounded comparing it to Puget Sound. If you like hardwoods, here is my front yard. I am 50 miles from Bowling Green and Owensboro and about 70 from Louisville, so I can get all the culture I wish within a short drive. This with the benefit of not seeing/hearing any neighbors. I'd be happy to give you details PM. I'm here for the long haul, and think it's a state that should be on your short list. Good luck!

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  11. thexrayboy

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    Kentucky and firearms can be summed up with one simple phrase...Knob Creek Machine Gun Shoot. If you have never been you simply must go.
    Its really hard to have more fun than a machine gun shoot and stll keep your pants on.
     
  12. Hk91-762mm

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    Did anyone get in on the great HAIL STORM 10-15 years ago where boweling green was BLASTED Like a war zone !!!
     
  13. arflattop

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    HK91, you still see an occasional car with the resulting "dimples". From speaking with people who were there, it must have been surreal.
     
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    I was in whittaker's gunshop a couple years ago when I heard an exchange between a mother and her little boy (about five years old). hubby was looking over the longarms and I heard her tell the boy not to touch anything.

    then she said, "when you're old enough, I'll teach you how to shoot."

    she paused for a second, then said, "your daddy and I will teach you to shoot."

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    that's a great view, arflattop. btw, I'm posting from an Owensboro wireless spot now.
     
  15. valtr0n

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    I've lived in Kentucky all my life, and I wouldn't move if someone gave me a home and land elsewhere. I was raised in Pike County and now live about an hour east of Lexington in Morehead... and it's beautiful.

    I'd recommend Eastern Kentucky to anyone. Just don't come with a bad attitude about the place and you'll get along just fine. :)

    Plenty of beautiful landscape, great places to hunt, shoot, and fish... lots of gun shows (there's usually one at least once a month an hour or so from me in any direction), and the cost of living in a rural area is super cheap.

    I absolutely love Kentucky. As far as I'm concerned, it's the greatest place on earth.
     
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    HK91, you still see an occasional car with the resulting "dimples". From speaking with people who were there, it must have been surreal
    I have relatives In BG and I have seen a Jaguar car flattened like a pancake from the hail stones as big as Grapefruits Houses with roofs and siding all stripped off-I must have been like they anchored the USS New Jersey off the shore and blasted the place with grapeshot
     
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    as soon as i finish my teaching commitment here in my ban state, i plan on moving. hopefully it won't be one of those states where teachers have to moonlight in order to pay for rent.
     
  18. arflattop

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    prism, thanks for the compliment. Mom lives in Owensboro -- I spend a greatdeal of time at Whittakers! Great prices and selection.
     
  19. valtr0n

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    My wife just started her first year of teaching, in one of the lower-paying counties, and her starting salary is around $32,000. In some of the larger counties it's upwards of $40,000... and of course, it goes up when you get your Masters significantly... then again when you get your Rank 1.

    And money goes a lot further here than it does elsewhere... for example, we rent a really nice 2 bedroom home with hardwood floors and all utilities included (including cable) for just $400 a month. That's in a rural part of the state, and obviously prices in Lexington/Louisville will be higher... but, who wants to live in a big city when you've got such nice countryside all around? :p
     
  20. catfish101

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    We also have some of the best catfishing you will find. :)
     
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    Life long Kentuckian here. KY is one of the best states in the Union for gun owners, but there are too dang many Yankee's here already!!!!!
     
  22. Stevie-Ray

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    I've got to get busy and look for a place in SE Kentucky. I've been wanting to live there for a few years, now. Maybe this is the year; just waiting for buyout news from the auto companies. After 52 years, I'm just sick of work and sick of Michigan. Don't get me wrong, Michigan is great, but I've lived here all my life and it's time for a change. Kentucky beckons and I've pretty much made up my mind. Don't worry Kentuckians, I'll leave my Detroit attitude where it belongs, that's a promise.
     
  23. catfish101

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    Come on down. We know there are good people from the other side of the river.
     
  24. jon1996

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    I live in the heart of eastern ky I am 30miles either way from VA, WV, OH, I go outside and shoot all day in my yard, People walk around town with their shotguns and rifles, Would not want to live no where else, Cops do not bother you here either, easy to get CLEO sign offs where I am at, plus I am pretty close to louisville (3hrs) for national gun day shows
     
  25. redneckdan

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    I spent 10 days down near Murray a couple summers ago. People were friendly, even more so after I picked up the accent within a day or two. I didn't like the climate though, too hot and humid; too many termites and ticks. I kinda like it up here in the Keewenaw, completely different from SE michigan.
     
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