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New regulations for Kentucky concealed carry permits

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Louisville, KY (WDRB) - Kentucky State Police have a new system for anyone wishing to apply for their concealed deadly weapon carry permit.

"I think this is a way for them to come up to help streamline the process," said Barry Laws, owner of Open Range in Crestwood.

In the past, all applications have had to be completed by hand and given to Kentucky State Police in person. This was after taking a six-to-eight-hour class that could cost as much as $100. But because the class had to be taken before the application was ever submitted, some people would spend money and time on the class only to find out they didn't qualify for a permit.

"All this does is short the system a little bit by having you do the last part first," Laws said,  "So you'll know immediately if you're one of the people that can't have a license."

Under the old system, KSP had 60 days to decide whether to approve or deny those applications. Now, with the online system, they have 15 days to do the same task. Opponents say this opens the door to errors being made in approving applications that should not be approved. According to KSP, they received 58,706 applications in 2013. Of those received, only 1,098 were denied.

"It's a good idea," Laws said, "It doesn't do anything negatively that I can see, because if you were going to get it, you're going to get it anyway. It's just going to take less time."

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