As previously reported, House Bill 531 was introduced by state Representatives Hubert Collins (D-97) and Jody Richards (D-20), and has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee for consideration. HB 531 would allow a law-abiding individual, to lawfully carry a concealed handgun for self-defense without needing to first obtain a government-issued license.
Yesterday, Senate Bill 257, companion bill to HB 531, was introduced by state Senator Albert Robinson (R-21). SB 257 has been referred to the Senate State and Local Government Committee for further consideration.
This bipartisan legislation recognizes the right of Kentuckians to legally carry a concealed firearm without the requirement of acquiring a Kentucky concealed carry deadly weapons license (CCDW). HB 531 /SB 257 is a much-needed update to concealed carry in Kentucky, allowing law-abiding gun owners the ability to better protect themselves and their loved ones. This legislation would give Kentuckians the freedom to choose the best method of carrying for them, based on their attire, gender and/or physical attributes. HB 531 /SB 257 would also keep in place the current permitting system so that people who obtain a permit could still enjoy the reciprocity agreements that Kentucky has with other states.
Please contact members of the House Judiciary Committee and the Senate State and Local Government Committee and politely urge them to support House Bill 531 and Senate Bill 257, as well as request that they schedule their respective bills for a hearing. You can contact committee members by clicking here or the button above.