Kentucky Will Become the 16th Constitutional Carry State This Week

On Friday, HB150 passed the Kentucky House and now heads to the Governor to sign

Published Saturday, March 2, 2019
Gun Rights Watch article by GRW Chief Editor

By a 60 to 37 vote, HB 150, Kentucky's 2019 Constitutional carry bill, passed its final hurdle in the Kentucky House and now heads to Governor Matt Bevin's desk, where he has announced he plans to sign it. Opponents of the bill conducted several procedural maneuvers to attempt to add amendments to the bill, but all were defeated by votes or ruled out of order and stricken.

The bill allows anyone 21 or older to conceal carry a loaded firearm without a permit.

Republican Rep. Savannah Maddox took a lead role in getting the measure through the GOP-led House to ensure it would pass and later commented,

“Wearing a jacket and concealing the firearm should not create a legal requirement for training... nor does the Second Amendment allow for the government to assess fees in order to do so.”

The bill had passed the House Judiciary Committee the previous day by a 12 to 8 vote. Leaders wasted no time in getting it quickly to the House floor for Friday's session.

Governor Matt Bevin announced later on Friday that he planned to sign the bill. He also stated,

"It doesn't break new ground. It simply says that people do indeed have the right to keep and bear arms... For those people who are offended at this idea and don't like it, there are other places in America where they could live."

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