WKU Public Radio News Staff
Thu March 6, 2014
Kentucky Senate Passes Temporary Concealed Weapons Permits for Victims
The Kentucky senate has passed a bill to create a quick process for domestic violence victims to obtain temporary concealed weapons permits. The bill would allow abuse victims receiving court-issued protective orders to apply for provisional concealed carry permits lasting 45 days.
Republican senator Jared Carpenter said his bill would help abuse victims better protect themselves. Democratic senator Robin Webb called it a good deterrent, noting protective orders are made of paper. The measure passed the senate 35-0 and now goes to the house which has passed a similar bill.
Under the senate bill temporary permit applications would go to state police. Background checks would be required before the permits would be issued and victims could receive firearms safety training with 45 days to convert short term permits into regular concealed carry licenses.
Also, a bill aimed at creating an on-line application for Kentuckians wanting licenses to carry concealed weapons has been passed by the state senate. Republican senator Sara Beth Gregory of Monticello said her bill is meant to reduce the backlog as tens of thousands of people submit paper applications for concealed carry licenses. She says the goal is to reduce the waiting time from about two months now down to about two weeks with the on-line version.
The bill passed the senate 37-0 and now also goes on to the house.
The on-line process would also be available to renew licenses. The bill calls for a %70 fee for on-line applications. The current paper application process, which would still be available, has a $60 fee.
The legislation is senate bill 100.