Effective today, Thursday, June 27, 2019, Kentuckians are no longer required by the state to obtain a concealed carry permit, making it the 16th state in the US to recognize constitutional carry.
In doing so it joins Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia and Wyoming.
On March 11th, 2019, KY Governor Matt Bevin signed Senate Bill 150 into law, which allows Kentucky citizens who are over the age of 21 and legally allowed to do so, carry a firearm concealed without having to first obtain a permit.
The Concealed carry permit process is still available to the public, however, for those Kentuckians who wish to maintain reciprocity with agreeable states.
Click here for the Concealedcarry.com Reciprocity Map to see which states accept the Kentucky CCW permit.
Although news of the law has been widely publicized, Maj. Barry Smith with the Daviess County Sheriff’s Office said he hasn’t seen a decline in the number of people who are applying for CCW permits, and recommends all citizens get training on how to carry concealed safely and effectively.
“Make sure you’re familiar with it (firearm), make sure (you’ve) shot it. Just to start carrying a weapon that you’re not familiar with, or you’re not comfortable with would not be a good thing for anyone,” Maj. Smith told Eyewitness News.
Chris Cox, executive director of NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA), called the law, “… a common sense measure that allows law-abiding citizens to exercise their fundamental right of self-protection in the manner that best suits their needs.”
Opposition to the law says the lack of training, once required by the KY state CCW permit, could pose safety risks for both the public and law enforcement officers.
St. Matthews Police Chief Barry Wilkerson said he felt the law a dangerous one.
“To me, the biggest takeaway is that people that are allowed to carry these guns now, don’t have the proper training or how to interact with police if they are approached — it’s a safety issue for us,” he said after the bill was passed in March of this year.
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