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Bill would allow concealed carry for domestic violence victims

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Cathleen Davidson was stabbed to death by her estranged husband despite an emergency protective order. Cathleen Davidson was stabbed to death by her estranged husband despite an emergency protective order.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A gun in the hands of a domestic violence victim: protection or a dangerous weapon?

The issue is gaining steam with Kentucky lawmakers. The goal is for victims to be able to protect themselves if their attackers come back.

"On occasions he had locked her in the house," said Lynda Gibson, the sister of a domestic violence victim.

Gibson says her sister's spouse had all the classic signs of an abusive husband.

"She was afraid of him," Gibson said.

In 1991, despite an emergency protective order, Cathleen Davidson was stabbed to death by her estranged husband.

"He came in, he went immediately to the apartment. She was holding their baby, 9 months old and he started stabbing her," Gibson said.

A bill that could have saved Davidson's life is now being considered by Kentucky lawmakers. The measure would allow victims to carry concealed weapons as soon as a judge issues a protective order.

But not everyone thinks arming them so quickly is a good idea.

"So just to give somebody a piece of paper saying you can have a conceal carry license doesn't educate them at all," said Open Range CEO Barry Laws.

Laws is not against anyone owning a gun; however, he says putting a deadly weapon in the hands of domestic violence victims, without proper training, may not be the answer.

"They need to know that it's like driving a car, they need to know how to use it and you need be safe with it, you need to know how to store it and you need to know the laws," explained Laws.

Meanwhile, Gibson regrets the protective order didn't save her sister's life, but believes this proposed domestic violence bill could save others. 

"I think this may be a deterrent: 'Well, no, maybe I better not try this because she could have a gun or he could have a gun,'" Gibson said.

The bill cleared the Senate judiciary committee on Thursday.

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