FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 21, 2014) — The Senate passed a bill, 30-4, Thursday that would make changes to the concealed carry law in Kentucky.
Senate Bill 60, sponsored by Sen. John Schickel, R-Union, would allow those with concealed weapons carry permits to bring their guns into bars as long as they do not consume alcohol.
The legislation allows Kentuckians with concealed carry permits to “legally defend themselves in a setting where they may have to do that,” Schickel said.
The measure would also allow firearms safety instructors to issue certificates of completion, rather than the Department of Criminal Justice Training. This would help expedite the permit process, Schickel said.
Another provision of the bill would eliminate the requirement that applicants clean their weapon during the concealed carry class and replace it with a demonstration of proper weapon cleaning techniques by the instructor.
Lawmakers opposing the bill cited concerns about permitting concealed weapons at drinking establishments.
The bill now goes to the House for consideration.