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Kentucky: Senate Passes Pro-Gun Committee Substitute

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Kentucky: Senate Passes Pro-Gun Committee Substitute

Today, the Kentucky Senate passed a substituted version of House Bill 417.  HB 417, sponsored by Representative Robert Benvenuti (R-88), received proposed changes to it while being considered in the Senate Veterans, Military Affairs, and Public Protection Committee. The substituted version makes two important changes for concealed carry training in Kentucky.  House Bill 417 now heads to the desk of Governor Matt Bevin for his signature.  Please contact Governor Bevin and urge him to sign HB 417 into law.

The first change would establish parameters for organizations like, but not limited to, the NRA which may train and certify firearms instructors to teach safety courses to concealed deadly weapons permit applicants.  The second change removes a dangerous provision that requires students in a training class to clean their guns in a class setting.  This is a potentially hazardous practice in a group/classroom setting, as class members would have difficulty keeping the firearms pointed in a safe direction while cleaning, as they are taught to always do.  This change would require a demonstration by the instructor, which is much safer in a group setting.

Your NRA-ILA would like to thank all of the legislators who supported HB 417.  Special thanks to Senator Albert Robinson (R-21), Senator Ray Jones (D-31), and the leadership of both chambers.

Again, please click the “Take Action” button above to contact Governor Matt Bevin and urge him to sign HB 417 into law.

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Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.