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Kentucky: “Shall Certify” Legislation Introduced in State Senate, Two Important Pro-Gun Bills Sent to State House

Friday, March 7, 2014

Yesterday, Senate Bill 232, sponsored by state Senator Brandon Smith (R-30), was introduced in the Kentucky Senate and referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee, where a hearing is expected next Thursday, March 13.  SB 232 would require that certification by a chief law enforcement officer (CLEO), when a signoff is required for the transfer of a firearm or other item regulated by the National Firearms Act (NFA), be provided within fifteen days as long as the applicant is not prohibited by law from receiving the firearm or other item.

Under current law, CLEOs are not required to act on an application for an NFA firearm, so a law-abiding applicant has no recourse when an application is denied by a CLEO for any reason, including their own personal feelings toward NFA firearms.  By removing any possibility of personal bias and creating a statewide standard, SB 232 protects the rights of law-abiding gun owners across the Bluegrass State.  Using the contact information provided below, please call AND e-mail members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and urge them to vote for SB 232!

Wednesday, March 5, Senate Bill 100 and Senate Bill 106 passed unanimously in the Kentucky Senate.  These two pro-firearms reforms have been steadily moving through the legislative process, but in order to take the next step towards being signed into law this year, they need to be considered and passed in the Kentucky House of Representatives.  These bills also need your support.

SB 100, introduced by state Senator Sara Beth Gregory (R-16), would streamline the Concealed Deadly Weapons License (CDWL) permitting process by allowing applicants to submit their forms electronically.  This would apply to both new and renewing applicants.  Allowing applicants to submit permit information electronically provides them with greater access to the CDWL process, and the greater legal access a state can provide to its CDWL applicants, the better it will be for protection of an individual and their family.  Lawful exercise of the Second Amendment is paramount to the NRA and SB 100 will make the process for individuals who wish to pursue or renew their CDWL much more efficient and user friendly.

SB 106, sponsored by state Senator Jared Carpenter (R-34), is important self-defense legislation that would allow an individual who has legally sought a court-issued Emergency Protection Order the ability to better defend themselves by expediting the permitting process for a Concealed Deadly Weapons License (CDWL), following a background check.  SB 106 would allow an individual to apply for a temporary permit that would be valid for 45 days.  Any person not prohibited from receiving a permit under current law would qualify for a temporary permit.  The state police would then have one business day to issue or deny the permit application.  After being issued a temporary CDWL, the applicant could take the necessary steps to qualify for a standard permit during the 45 days the temporary permit is valid.  Personal protection and protection of one’s family are paramount, and SB 106 would ensure that these individual rights are continually secured.

Both SB 100 and SB 106 have been sent to the Kentucky House of Representatives, where they await committee assignment and consideration.  Please call 800-372-7181 to register your SUPPORT for these NRA-backed bills.

Senate Judiciary Committee:
 
Senator Whitney Westerfield (R-3), Chairman
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Senator Katie Stine (R-24), Vice Chairman
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Senator Perry B. Clark (D-37)
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Senator Carroll Gibson (R-5)
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Senator Sara Beth Gregory (R-16)
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Senator Ray S. Jones II (D-31)
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Senator Jerry P. Rhoads (D-6)
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Senator John Schickel (R-11)
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Senator Dan “Malano” Seum (R-38)
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Senator Robert Stivers II (R-25)
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Senator Robin L. Webb (D-18)
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