Darren Doyle, story and photo:
Kentucky Senate Bill 150, also known as "The Constitutional Carry Law," is set to go into effect on July 1, 2019. The bill passed through both the senate and house earlier this year and was signed into law by Governor Matt Bevin in March. The bill allows those who can legally own a firearm to carry a concealed firearm without a permit anywhere not already prohibited by law. Carrying firearms is prohibited in courthouses, airports, and other government buildings.
Sheriff Shane Doyle said that even though the law will not require a permit to conceal carry, he is still advocating for those who have a KY CCDW permit to keep them, and those who do not to get one if they plan to carry.
"I've always believed in our second amendment rights and that hasn't changed, but I also believe in the safe handling of firearms along with the proper education on how to use, carry, and when deadly force is appropriate under Kentucky law," he said.
Doyle said another key advantage to keeping or receiving a CCDW permit is that other states will recognize KY's permits if you travel across state lines. Not having a permit could get you in big trouble if you choose to conceal carry in another state without a permit.
Currently, a valid Kentucky permit is recognized in 37 other states. Click here for the complete list.
"Let's say you don't have a permit and you're a law-abiding citizen that's never been in any sort of trouble but you get stopped for whatever reason in Tennessee with a concealed weapon. You could be facing a $500 fine and 30 days in jail," he said. "With your valid KY permit, you could save yourself a lot of trouble."
Sheriff Doyle also said taking a CCDW class teaches you about KY's deadly force laws and specific examples of what could happen in a potential deadly force situation. Also taught is proper carrying techniques, general firearm safety, and proper handling and cleaning. You must also use your firearm during the class and your permit also serves as another form of photo I.D.. It can also speed up the process when purchasing a new firearm.
Kentucky is also one of 45 states in the U.S. that allows open carry of a firearm for legal owners.
Sheriff Doyle said anyone looking for more information on CCDW permits can contact the Sheriff's Office at 270-597-2157 or contact a local firearms dealer.