Domestic violence victims can now get expedited concealed carry permits

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- As of Tuesday, domestic violence victims in Kentucky are now able to obtain a concealed carry permit in one business day.

The new law allows people who have received an emergency protective order to get a temporary concealed carry permit. The victim doesn't have to under-go the required training in order to obtain the permit, but the permit will expire if training is not complete within 45 days.

The bill received a lot of support in both the house and senate. At last vote, only six members of the Kentucky House of Representatives voted "no." Gerald Neal was the only "no" vote in the senate.

One of the "no" votes in the house, Jim Wayne (D-Louisville), is a clinical social worker. Wayne told WDRB he deals with too many domestic violence situations to support the bill.

"It's just a bad law," said Wayne. "There's really no place for a gun in a domestic violence situation, it's just too volatile."

With no training required to obtain the permit, Wayne said he worries a firearm would only add more problems to an already violent situation.

"We're not even providing the foundational information for them on how to use the weapon," said Wayne. "Those are important pieces of information that anyone carrying a concealed weapon has to have."

But former LMPD sergeant Denny Butler (D-Louisville) said after giving the bill a lot of thought, he supports it. He said, although police rush to any domestic situation, sometimes it just isn't fast enough.

"While a judge has said: law enforcement protect them the best you can, we're going to do the best we can--but just because of circumstances--why wouldn't we give that individual the right to carry concealed so they can protect themselves," said Butler.

Butler points out that even with an EPO, many domestic violence victims may feel afraid to leave their home. A concealed gun, he said, may give them a feeling of security.

"Should we have them feel like an inmate in their own home if they're that scared?" said Butler.

In a statement to WDRB, sponsor of the senate version of the bill, Jared Carpenter (R-Berea), said:

"When someone in a domestic violence situation obtains a EPO or DVO it is almost always because they are afraid they are in danger of imminent physical harm. This bill provides an expedited process to apply for a temporary permit. They must complete training in 45 days to get a permanent concealed carry permit. If they don't complete training, their permit expires, so it is offering an option for protection but requiring proactive training to carry a firearm."

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