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Kentucky: House Judiciary Committee Passes Right-to-Carry Reform Bill

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Today, Senate Bill 150 passed in the Kentucky House Judiciary Committee. Sponsored by state Senator Brandon Smith (R-30), SB 150 is critical to your inherent right to self-defense as it eliminates several discriminatory and arbitrary provisions in Kentucky’s current concealed carry laws that may prevent you from obtaining a Concealed Deadly Weapons License (CDWL).

Specifically, SB 150 would make the following changes to Kentucky’s concealed carry laws:

  • Repeals the residency requirement for CDWL applicants.  Currently, one must be a Kentucky resident for at least six months before filing an application to obtain a CDWL.
  • Removes the residency requirement for members of the Armed Forces of the United States who are assigned to a military post in Kentucky.  Currently, a member of the Armed Forces must be assigned a post for six months or longer in order to file a CDWL application.
  • Reduces the length of time from 90 days to 60 days the Department of Kentucky State Police has to approve or deny an application for a CDWL.

SB 150 passed in the Senate by an overwhelming 36-1 vote and now goes to the floor of the Kentucky House of Representatives.  This year’s abbreviated thirty-day session is closing in on its final days.  We need you to call AND e-mail your state Representative TODAY and politely urge him or her to SUPPORT SB 150.

Click here to identify your state Representative and to view contact information.

Kentucky Right-To-Carry


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