Enquirer – People won’t need a license to carry a concealed deadly weapon in their home or business that they own when a new law goes into effect July 12.
The General Assembly passed House Bill 484 with ease in this year’s regular session, passing the House 86-5 and the Senate 36-1 with the governor signing it into law April 11.
Gun owners saw it as a reaffirmation for their right to defend their property.
“My favorite saying is, ‘When seconds count, the police are only minutes away,” said Homer Cole, owner of Shooters Supply and Sporting Goods in Independence.
The bill received 36 sponsors both Democrat and Republican and was one of three bills that passed this year with the support of the National Rifle Association.
Another bill, House Bill 500, strengthened the state supremecy of its gun laws by preventing local government and public agencies from enacting stricter gun control laws than the state. The NRA characterized the third bill, House Bill 563, as one that would “protect lawful firearm retailers from illegal gun sting operations.”
State Rep. Dennis Keene, D-Wilder, co-sponsored all three and called House Bill 484 a no-brainer. The law requires a conceal carry license unless the person owns or leases the property or is the grandparent, parent or child of the owner and has the owner’s permission. The person must be the sole proprietor of the business to carry a concealed gun without a license on the business property.
“Being a homeowner and business owner when I was in the grocery store business before Kentucky had a concealed carry law, I felt I was at jeopardy on my property,” Keene said. “I was in a high crime area. I felt it was a no brainer.”
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