LOUISVILLE -- The waiting is over. You no longer need a permit to carry a gun that is hidden from plain sight.

You can put your favorite firearm in your pocket or your purse, tuck it in your pants or stuff in your sock -- no permit required -- as long as you're a legal gun owner.

But you can't take it anywhere you want. Kentucky law still allows some government buildings and businesses to ban firearms.

Concealed guns still aren't allowed in courthouses, prisons, sheriff offices, jails and prisons.

They're also not allowed in drinking establishments -- or in the bar area in restaurants that serve alcohol.

Many sports venues also ban guns, particularly on game days. Rupp Arena is among them.

There's more.

Concealed weapons also are banned in childcare facilities -- unless the homeowner is running a registered day care facility in their own home. And you can't carry a concealed weapon into an elementary or secondary school unless school authorities say it's OK.

Here's the other thing, if you want to carry a concealed weapon into another state, you still need a permit in Kentucky. That's because those states signed a reciprocity agreement based on Kentucky's old law.

That means that you will need a Kentucky permit to carry concealed in the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

All other states either don't recognize Kentucky's concealed-carry permit or have different rules altogether.

The law went into effect Thursday.

Can I carry a concealed gun?

• You cannot carry or own a gun if you have a felony conviction.

• You cannot carry a gun openly or concealed into courthouses unless the facility houses offices not related to the court system.

• You cannot bring firearms into federally owned or operated buildings, or buildings that house federal offices.

• You can carry in national parks.

• Private property owners can prohibit firearms from their premises.

Can I carry a concealed gun?

• You cannot carry or own a gun if you have a felony conviction.

• You cannot carry a gun openly or concealed into courthouses unless the facility houses offices not related to the court system.

• You cannot bring firearms into federally owned or operated buildings, or buildings that house federal offices.

• You can carry in national parks.

• Private property owners can prohibit firearms from their premises.

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