Domestic violence victims could be given approval to carry concealed weapons sooner under legislation approved in the Kentucky House Friday. If approved by a judge, individuals under court protective orders, could conceal a weapon without having to wait for a training session.
Proponents argue it can mean added protection for potential victims. West Liberty Representative John Will Stacy gave an emotional speech about a neighbor who was killed by an abuser after he got out of jail, “But, Missy Patrick, Mr. Speaker, had the right to live. She had the right that every human being has, the right to live and the right to defend herself."
The legislation provides concealed carry permission for up to 45 days.
Louisville Representative Jim Wayne says his social work background has exposed him to people with “character disorders” who don’t have good judgment. “The fact that anyone who is in these troubled situations, does not have good judgment, and you’re gonna give the victim a handgun or a weapon to protect themselves. This is madness,” said Wayne.
The legislation does require applicants to be photographed, fingerprinted and to undergo a background check. Still, Northern Kentucky Representative Diane Saint Onge would like to see training added as a priority, “I recognize the intent of the bill as being a good intent and would certainly want to protect those that are in fear of their lives, but what I’m not understanding is why the training is not put foremost in this bill and early on."
After a lengthy debate, the bill passed 79 to 13. It goes to the Senate where a similar bill has already emerged out of committee.