FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky House has passed a bill aimed at allowing domestic-violence victims to obtain temporary permits to carry concealed weapons.
Supporters say the 45-day permits would provide protection at a time when victims feel most threatened.
Opponents replied that the guns would make those situations even more volatile. They also voiced concerns that temporary permits would be granted to people who haven't received training.
The measure cleared the House on a 79-13 vote Friday.
The bill would make the temporary concealed carry permits available to people who receive protective orders meant to keep their abusers away from them.
The bill's lead sponsor is Democratic Rep. Gerald Watkins of Paducah.
The proposal now goes to the Senate, which is considering similar legislation.
The House legislation is House Bill 351.
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