If you're considering obtaining your Kentucky CCDW permit, now's the time! Classes are held in our conference room and our state-of-the-art indoor ranges.
The cost is $99. The material covered is serious, but the class is as entertaining, fast-paced, and enjoyable as possible. Class starts promptly, so be sure to arrive at least 15 minutes early!
You must pay online with your credit card to ensure your seat!
These days a lot of people are asking "Why bother with a CCDW license when Kentucky has instituted 'Constitutional Carry'?"
That's a fair question, but here's a few points to consider...
- The purpose of a class with a state-licensed and KSP-approved CCDW instructor is not only to teach you principles of marksmanship. It informs you about laws regarding the possession of and employment of firearms in a self-defense situation as well as many other considerations. This is critically important information.
- There are also advantages when traveling to or through some states. States offering reciprocity with regard to a concealed carry permit from another state are under no obligation to recognize other "constitutional carry" states in lieu of a permit.
- The purchase of a firearm from a KY firearms dealer is generally streamlined by the possession of a valid KY CCDW license.
- Please note that the Kentucky concealed-carry laws apply to all deadly weapons, not just firearms, and Kentucky clearly defines what constitutes a deadly weapon. For example, a blackjack, sap, or brass knuckles are considered deadly weapons, but not a "hunting knife" per se.
We conduct our Kentucky Concealed Carry Deadly Weapons Course in accordance with guidelines and regulations as approved by the Kentucky State Police.
Click link below for Eligibility and detailed information: YOU MUST BE AT LEAST 21 YEARS OLD and A RESIDENT OF KENTUCKY. CHECK THE LINK BELOW FOR MORE ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:
We typically offer the course on a Saturday or Sunday in one, six-hour classroom session, followed by written test, firearm and ammunition inspection, and then live-fire range qualification, however back-to-back weeknight sessions may be offered (you must attend both).
- For the KY Concealed Carry Deadly Weapons Course, you will need:
- Government-issued Photo ID, such as a Kentucky Driver's License--THIS WILL BE CHECKED! You must be at least age 21 and a current Kentucky resident.
- Handgun -- MUST BE UNLOADED and encased in a container, bag, or holster.
- Magazine (if applicable) -- MUST BE UNLOADED
- At Least 50 Rounds of FACTORY AMMUNITION (Hand-loads or Reloads are not authorized)
- Ammunition is available for purchase on site at Buds Gun Shop & Range
For questions email: [email protected]
Course Length: 6 hours classroom plus brief break for lunch, then open-book written exam, firearm and ammunition inspection and live-fire range qualification. Please consider bringing a sweater or light jacket as classroom temperature will be cool. You must be on time for this class. Check the start time and arrive at least 15 minutes prior to start of class. Stair-access only to our 2nd-floor classroom.
Course Location: Buds Gun Shop and Range, 1105 Industry Rd, Lexington, KY 40505. Buds is closed on Sundays, but Buds' personnel will meet you at a side door when classes are held on Sundays.
Class Time: Days and hours availability are posted in the drop-down menus above.
*You must sign up for the class online as each course date fills up quickly.
"Very informative. Felt like we covered many different aspects of firearm use. I would not want to own a firearm without taking this class. Doug and Jason were phenomenal. Very knowledgeable, great speakers, the day actually flew by." --Jessica C.
"Absolutely great! Very informative and professional. Would recommend for anyone! Superb command of subject matter and presentation." --Matthew W.
"10/10; excellent!" --Dennis S.
"I had a good experience with the class today. The instructor [Doug] had an excellent grasp of the material and was a strong presenter." --Kevin R.
"Very informative! [Doug was] very knowledgeable and able to answer any question." --Levi H.
"Overall experience amazing; 10/10. [Doug displayed] expert knowledge." --Leslie B.
"Extremely thorough. The day flew by considering the huge amount of information presented. [Doug had] complete command of subject matter and the flawless ability in communicating information." --George P.
"Great, informative, easy to follow and retain. Doug was very knowledgeable with some humor." --Kelly C.
"This was a great experience! [Doug and Jason] were knowledgeable, great communicators, and made the material accessible and fun." --Melissa P.
"Very educational. [Doug was] expert and was extremely knowledgeable." --Daron M.
"Great experience overall. Doug and JR covered the subject matter well and made the process a breeze." --Derek L.
"It was well organized, instructed, and instructor was thorough with material. Doug is very knowledgeable on subject matter, and a great communicator of material." --Jack B.
"Very cool and learned a lot of information. Doug was excellent. I'm very lucky he was my instructor." --Jacob B.
"Excellent class. Excellent speaker--quality information; knew his stuff. Presentation was very, very good!"--James C.
"Very informative and thorough. Doug presented the material and kept me interested the entire time, thoroughly going over the information, allowing us to ask questions and keeping the class involved. JR did great at showing the class how to clean guns and get us laughing." --Bradley W.
"Very happy. Great legal overview and well organized. [Doug is] expert." --Andrew R.
"I've learned a lot. [Doug] explained and broke things down the best way possible." --Damon C.
"The class was very effective and I learned a lot. [Doug] answered every question asked." --Rhonda D.
"Very informative--excellent instructors. [Doug and JR] know what they are doing." --Robert W.
"Positive, very good instructor, very detailed experience. [Doug was] super knowledgeable." --Jacob A.
"Very professional, structured, but relaxed and extremely interesting. [Doug had] excellent command of subject matter. Clear. Concise. Relaxed." --Kellie M.
"I liked the setup of the course, much more involved and organized compared to other states conceal carry classes. [Doug] did very well with presenting material--concise and clear." --Chelsie G.
"Excellent--exceeded my expectations! [Doug was] extremely competent--interesting also. A real pro." --Dave J.
"Amazing experience; very knowledgeable." --Haley T.
"I think it was a very informative class and I learned valuable information. [Doug] was very knowledgeable and kept my interest." --Julie L.
"Very informative. Mr. Ramsey did an awesome job explaining everything." --Joseph W.
"Awesome; very well taught. [The instructors] made the class very fun." --Zach R.
"The class was fun and informative. Very easily understandable and the instructors did a great job at keeping us engaged while learning the course." --Sean C.
"It was very informative. [Doug] spoke confidently and presented the material in a timely manner." --Cesar A.
"It was very good. [Doug and Jason] were excellent." --Curtis F.
"Great experience. Very knowledgeable instructors. The law side was eye opening." --Scott M.
"An amazing class and learned so much about handguns that I didn't know. [Doug was] flawless." --Kevin C.
"Overall good experience; clearly covered basics. [Doug had] very strong command of subject matter." --Jackson B.
"It was very informative and interesting. Doug was very knowledgeable and JR made gun cleaning fun!"--Jacqueline B.
"Great, very engaging and informative and made you feel like there were no stupid questions. [Doug was] very knowledgeable, entertaining, and hands-on." --Kennedy E.
"Well done; appreciate the effort put into it. Doug and JR do a great job balancing the class." --Kristine M.
"The teachers were great; overall great experience and they taught very well." --Mindy B.
"Amazing! Professional service and guidance. Doug is an expert in his field. Happy to have him as an instructor." --Ren C.
"Very informative and good. [Doug was] very knowledgeable." --Rushdan N.
"Very good information, they did a good job explaining. [Doug and JR] had very good knowledge." --Kelly A.
"Long, but very well worth it. [Doug] knew what he was teaching, very inclusive of comments and questions." --Zachary G.
"Excellent class; couldn't be better." -- Mark K.
"[Doug] was very clear and decisive with his lessons." --Steven D.
"Very good and well put together class. [Doug was] excellent. Very informative as it relates to law." --John R.
"I took the course August 6. Thank you for an excellent training experience. I've been shooting handguns, including hunting, since 1982, qualified with .45 pistol in the military, had concealed carry permits in both Virginia and West Virginia for the last approximately 20 years, and took the NRA Basic Pistol Course 6 years ago. But I am educated, and the main thing I have learned is how to learn, so I went into this course intending to learn whatever new stuff I could. And I sure did learn some stuff, mainly the Kentucky and reciprocal aspects of concealed carry, but also some techniques of shooting. Also, it was very easy to apply online with the KY State Police application wizard. Definitely worth the extra $10. Thanks again."--Joe M.
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