1Yesterday, Governor Steve Beshear signed into law NRA-backed Senate Bill 150. Sponsored by state Senator Brandon Smith (R-30), SB 150 is critical to your inherent right to self-defense as it eliminates several discriminatory and arbitrary provisions in Kentucky’s current concealed carry laws that may prevent you from obtaining a Concealed Deadly Weapons License (CDWL). SB 150 passed in the Kentucky Senate by a 36-1 vote and in the state House of Representatives by a 90-6 vote (you can view the recorded votes here).
Specifically, SB 150 will make the following changes to Kentucky concealed carry laws:
·Repeals the residency requirement for CDWL applicants. Currently, one must be a Kentucky resident for at least six months before filing an application to obtain a CDWL.
·Removes the residency requirement for members of the Armed Forces of the United States who are assigned to a military post in Kentucky. Currently, a member of the Armed Forces must be assigned a post for six months or longer in order to file a CDWL application.
·Reduces the length of time from 90 days to 60 days that the Kentucky Department of State Police has to approve or deny an application for a CDWL.