The Senate in the Kentucky General Assembly passed a bill on Thursday, Feb. 14, that would allow citizens to carry guns concealed -- under a jacket, in a purse, etc. -- without a permit and without any special training. The vote on SB 150 was 29 to 8.
The bill states that it is designed to "to allow concealed deadly weapons to be carried by persons age 21 and over without a license in same locations where concealed carry license holders may carry them."
The bill now goes to the Kentucky House Judiciary Committee for further consideration.
Fourteen states already allow their citizens to carry firearms concealed without a permit. If the Kentucky legislation passes in the House and is signed into law, it would make the Blue Grass state the 15th state to allow such gun freedom, according to Breitbart News.
In Kentucky, citizens are already allowed to open-carry guns.
Commenting on the legislation he sponsored, Kentucky Senator Brandon Smith (R-30) said on Thursday, “It would repeal the existing provision of law requiring a person to obtain a concealed weapon permit order to discreetly carry a firearm for self-protection in the state of Kentucky."
“Kentucky’s existing law already allows any law-abiding citizen, who can legally possess a handgun to carry it openly, without a permit, anywhere in the state,” he said, as reported in Kentucky Today. “The difference between a firearm carried openly and a firearm carried concealed, can be as insignificant as the donning of a coat.”
State NRA Director Art Thomm said, “This bill, essentially, in its most simplistic explanation, decriminalizes wearing a coat in the state of Kentucky.”
Criticizing the legislation, the liberal Lexington Herald-Leader said, "Kentucky Senate rolls over for NRA," and accused the bill's supporters of "moral bankruptcy."