Off-duty concealed carry bill for police clears Ky. House commit - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Off-duty concealed carry bill for police clears Ky. House committee

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A bill allowing off-duty and retired police officers to carry their guns almost anywhere in Kentucky clears a key House committee.

The bill is in response to a policy at the Louisville Palace, which refuses to allow off-duty officers inside for shows unless they leave their guns behind.

The problem is LMPD policy requires officers to be armed at all times.

Officers told lawmakers the safety of both the police and the public is at stake.

"You don't allow officers in there, that becomes a soft target. When that soft target comes into play, people are looking, that have those intentions, they look for soft targets where they know they are not going to be met with armed officers or armed off-duty officers," LMPD Lt. Brent Routzahn said.

The House Judiciary Committee overwhelmingly approved the bill. It's now on to the full House.

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