KY Carrying Concealed Deadly Weapons License Course (CCDW)

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If you’ve been considering obtaining your Kentucky CCDW permit, now’s the time! Classes are held in our conference room and our state-of-the-art live-fire ranges.

The cost is $85.  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 would you 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 CCDW instructor is not only to teach you principles of marksmanship.  It teaches you the law regarding the possession of and employment of firearms in a self-defense situation. This is critically important information.
  • There are also considerations when traveling.  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 KY CCDW license.
  • Please note that the Kentucky concealed carry laws apply to all deadly weapons, not just firearms, and Kentucky has some unusual definitions of what is and isn’t a deadly weapon. For example, a blackjack, sap, or brass knuckles are considered deadly weapons, but not a hunting knife per se.


We conduct the Kentucky State Concealed Carry Deadly Weapons Course in accordance with guidelines and regulations as directed from KY DOJCT and the Kentucky State Police.


We typically offer the course on a Saturday or Sunday in one, six-hour classroom session, followed by 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:
  • 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

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Course Length: 6-7 hours classroom plus brief break for lunch, open-book written exam, and live-fire range qualification.  Please consider bringing a light sweater or jacket as classroom temperature can 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.

Course Location: Buds Gun Shop and Range, 1105 Industry Rd, Lexington, KY 40505

Class Time: Days and hours availability are posted in the drop-down menus above.

Cost: $85.

*You must sign up for the class online as each course date fills up quickly.

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Customer Reviews:

“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–excellent instructors.  [Doug and JR] know what they are doing.” –Robert W.

“Overall good experience; clearly covered basics.  [Doug had] very strong command of subject matter.”  –Jackson B.

“Very good information, they did a good job explaining.  [Doug and JR] had very good knowledge.”  –Kelly A.

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13 thoughts on “KY Carrying Concealed Deadly Weapons License Course (CCDW)”
  1. Cathy Morgan says:

    I took the CCDW class today 11/7/2021. This is the 4th class I have taken with Buds! I started with intro to handguns after which I purchased my 1st handgun. Then I took 3 personal training classes with Dave Gross he was very knowledgeable and helped me become less anxious in the presence of a firearm! I was enjoying it so much that I then purchased my first rifle. Tonight I completed my CCDW with Doug & JR it was an excellent and informative class and at the end of the range test they told me I had 1 of the best groupings of the night! Not bad for a 58 year old woman who has always been terrified of guns! I owe it all to Dave!!!

  2. Jimmy Salyers says:

    My daughter and I took the class yesterday. Doug and JR did a wonderful job of presenting the information in a professional but fun environment. They made sure no question went unanswered, thus everyone was ready for the written exam. The range test at the end was broken down into small groups, making for a less stressful environment. I highly recommend this class, and especially these two instructors, to anyone looking into obtaining their conceal carry permit.


    I really enjoyed the 09/26/21 class yesterday with Doug and J.R. Extremely informative and smooth. Even with Constitutional Carry in the state of KY, it is recommended to have training.

  4. James Yonel says:

    Class was really fun! Marty did an excellent job at explaining everything to us. I had no idea how much I didn’t know about fire arms safety. Would definitely recommend that you take this class. You won’t regret it!!

  5. Chasity Noel says:

    Marty was fantastic at explaining everything that came with gun usage and safety. He kept my attention at all times. I enjoyed the class over all. He also repeatedly gave his number and told us to call for any questions regards to gun handling which in my case (considering I’m not distinguished in the gun area) is a very helpful and awesome thing to do for women like me!
    Thanks Marty for hosting a great class!

  6. Thomas says:

    Marty covered all the necessary materials, and was able to answer all questions the class threw his way. I would recommend the class to anyone wanting their CCDW. Thank you for your time and effort in making KY safer.

  7. GY says:

    Highly recommend this class. Video a little long, but instructor Marty Wells keeps the class entertained and teaches real life scenarios.

  8. Kelly says:

    Looking forward to class saturday

  9. Roger says:

    I took the class on Saturday very informative class. Marty keeps the class interesting with everyday situations. Very nice set up with a one stop location take the class and range in one building. If you are not comfortable with your shooting he offered you to come back with help for free. He makes sure you leave their understanding the class. I would recommend this class to anyone look to get their CCDW class.

  10. Vanessa says:

    This was a great class. Very informative and serious but fun. Marty was great and will make sure everything is understood. He is very helpful through the whole process and wants to make sure you succeed in the class and outside of the classroom in real life situations.

  11. Christian Reisch says:

    Excellent class and excellent instructors in a top notch, comfortable facility! I would highly recommend to anyone considering getting there CCDW license. The class was diverse from every perspective be it male, female, black, white, young (just over 21, since you must be 21) to elderly. there were over 40 participants in my class and everyone was made to feel comfortable. Marty Wells and JR do an excellent job of covering all of the material and making sure everyone has been taught the information they need to pass the test, if they paid attention. The shooting portion was done indoors at Bud’s top notch shooting facility.

  12. Thurston H says:

    Marty Wells did an excellent job teaching the class and relating everything to real life experiences. Many of the students in the class never shot or owned a gun before, he took all the time needed to help everyone from the most experienced to the non-experienced. He and JR stayed late to help my daughter with her shooting to insure she was ready for the real world. Excellent job highly recommended.

  13. phil leveridge says:

    Great overview of the regulations, do’s/do not’s, and mind set needed for CCDW. The instruction team were professional and the class was very well organized.

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