By: Teresa Mull
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R) told Gunpowder Magazine exclusively moments ago that he will sign S.B. 150, the state's Constitutional Carry bill, into law.
GPM caught up with Bevin at the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC), where he said:
I will sign it, yes. I’ve been advocating for this since long before I was ever in government. I think this is nothing but an affirmation of the Second Amendment. It’s something that’s actually already the right of Americans. Some states have chosen to restrict that and/or remove that, and this is just an affirmation of the very Second Amendment that has been our right, all 27 words of it since it was written 200 and some years ago.
The Kentucky House passed S.B. 150 earlier today with a vote of 60-37. The Senate passed the bill last month. The National Association for Gun Rights (NAGR) was instrumental in preventing some last-minute amendments from fouling the bill.
“This is a historic moment for gun owners and law-abiding citizens in the Commonwealth of Kentucky,” said Dudley Brown, President of NAGR. “Constitutional Carry restores the gun rights of honest citizens by repealing the unconstitutional fees and burdens surrounding our natural right to bear arms while in public. We are especially grateful for bill Sponsor Savannah Maddox for seeing this through and we look forward to Gov. Bevin signing SB 150 into law, further solidifying Kentucky as one of the most pro-gun states in the country.”The Courier-Journal reports:
State Reps. Jerry Miller and Jason Nemes, both Louisville Republicans, voted against the bill along with some other GOP members, while several Democrats voted for it.
State law currently requires people to get a permit before carrying a concealed firearm. That process requires them to undergo a background check, complete some gun safety training and pay a $60 fee, but SB 150 axes the permit requirement for anyone who's at least 21 years old and who meets other legal rules for gun ownership.
Kentucky will become the 15th state to honor Constitutional Carry. Oklahoma passed Constitutional Carry on Wednesday, and South Dakota passed Constitutional Carry in January.
Teresa Mull is editor of Gunpowder Magazine. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.