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The Latest: Kentucky Senate passes NRA-backed bill

February 14, 2019

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on legislative action on a Kentucky bill to allow people to carry a concealed gun without a permit or training (all times local):

4:45 p.m.

The Kentucky Senate has passed a bill that would allow people to carry a concealed handgun without a permit or training.

The measure, backed by the National Rifle Association, cleared the Senate on a 29-8 vote on Thursday, a few hours after a committee advanced it. The bill now goes to the House.

Senators who voted against the bill raised concerns about removing gun training as a condition for Kentuckians to carry concealed weapons. They framed it as a safety issue.

Supporters say Kentuckians already can carry weapons openly without a license or training. But if they conceal that weapon under a coat, they’re breaking the law without a carry conceal permit. They say the bill would remedy that.

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1:25 p.m.

A bill that would allow people to carry a concealed handgun without a permit or training has been advanced by a Senate committee in Kentucky.

The measure is backed by the powerful National Rifle Association.

The committee action Thursday coincided with the first anniversary of a Florida shooting that killed 17 students and staff members.

A critic of the bill, Connie Coartney, said Kentucky lawmakers marked the anniversary by advancing “more dangerous gun legislation and doing the bidding” for the NRA. She is with the Kentucky chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

Supporters say people already can carry weapons openly without training.

Sen. Brandon Smith, the bill’s sponsor, said it’s not fair that someone now needs a permit if they carry a gun under a coat.

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The legislation is Senate Bill 150.

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