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Concealed carry bills gain Senate approval

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 6, 2014) — Two bills that would affect the application process for licenses to carry concealed deadly weapons in the state were approved by the Kentucky Senate on Wednesday.

Senate Bill 100, sponsored by Sen. Sara Beth Gregory, R-Monticello, would create an electronic application for the concealed carry license.  It would require the applications to be processed within 14 days.  Currently, paper applications must be processed within 60 days.

According to Gregory, the electronic application would not change any training or licensing requirements but would modernize and expedite the process.

Senate Bill 106, sponsored by Sen. Jared Carpenter, R-Berea, would utilize the electronic application process to allow anyone who has been granted an emergency protective or domestic violence order to receive a provisional concealed carry permit in one business day.

Under the bill, these petitioners would undergo the same background checks and application requirements as other applicants but would have up to 45 days to complete the necessary training for a full concealed carry license.

“I think this expedites the process, protects the victims in these situations (and) also protects the public,” Carpenter said.

Both bills were approved unanimously and now go to the House of Representatives for consideration.