The Kentucky House has passed a bill aimed at allowing domestic-violence victims to obtain temporary permits to carry concealed weapons.
Supporters say the 45-day permits would provide protection at a time when victims feel most threatened. Opponents replied that the guns would make those situations even more volatile. They also voiced concerns that temporary permits would be granted to people who haven't received training.
The measure cleared the House on a 79-13 vote Friday.
The bill would make the temporary concealed carry permits available to people who receive protective orders meant to keep their abusers away from them.
The bill's lead sponsor is Democratic Rep. Gerald Watkins of Paducah. The proposal now goes to the Senate, which is considering similar legislation.
Legislation that would allow those with permits to carry concealed weapons into bars and restaurants is on its way to the Kentucky House. The Senate passed the measure Thursday by a 30-4 vote.
Northern Kentucky Senator John Schickel believes Senate Bill 60 is all about the right to defend oneself. Speaking on the Senate floor, Schickel said crime rates and gun-related accidents have fallen since concealed carry laws were established.
Schickel says there is a place for gun possession in a bar.
“Now some have said that’s crazy, how could you, how could you Mr. President, how could you mix guns and alcohol, that’s very irresponsible," said Schickel. "Well, Mr. President, actually the opposite is true, the opposite is true. This law strictly forbids anyone to consume alcohol while they have a concealed carry weapon.”
Schickel says bar owners can still opt to not allow concealed weapons in their establishments.
One of the four "no" votes came from Lexington Senator Reggie Thomas, who argued policing the law will be very difficult. He says gun owners could feel “entitled” and “one thing could lead to another,” ending in violence.
The Kentucky Supreme Court today has ruled that guns and other deadly weapons may be stored in a car's glove compartment while on a college campus in the state. The High Court's ruling came in the case of a graduate student from the University of Kentucky.