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    Carrying on a boat?

    A while back (a year or two), I was trying to determine how to legally carry on my boat (or if I even could, esp. considering I sometimes boat within Daniel Boone Nat'l Forest). After reading the law which repeatedly uses the word 'vehicle' but doesn't define it, I placed a call to the KSP for verification. Three conversations later I was no wiser.

    So what are your opinions on carrying on a boat on KY waterways? I do not have a CC license yet.

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    I carry every weekend I am at Cumberland Lake, Dale Hollow, or Laurel Lake. I have heard these arguments that try to establish some oversight by the Corps of Engineers. I have talked to lawyers and prosecutors, both state and federal, and can not find an instance that someone was arrested for carry at any of the above lakes, with the exception of another criminal complaint or activity (drug dealing, manufacturing etc). If you were to be stopped, searched and arrested for violation of a federal law, what law enforcement agency would be doing the stop, search and arrest? FBI, DEA, Federal Wildlife, TSA?

    Put your weapon in any compartment made by the manufacturer and you will be legal. A boat is considered a vehicle, just like your car.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hotrod View Post
    [...]Put your weapon in any compartment made by the manufacturer and you will be legal. A boat is considered a vehicle, just like your car.
    Does an inflatable john boat with a rubberized Velcro cover, originally made for the boat and attached to it, also count as a vehicle? What types of water inflatables and such count as a vehicle? Jet ski's, Bass boats, aluminum john boats? or canoes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrakeZ07 View Post
    Does an inflatable john boat with a rubberized Velcro cover, originally made for the boat and attached to it, also count as a vehicle? What types of water inflatables and such count as a vehicle? Jet ski's, Bass boats, aluminum john boats? or canoes?

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    If it has registration numbers, yes it would qualify. KRS 235.090 says that all boats will be registered in the automated vehicle registration system. Registered as a vehicle is my interpretation.
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