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Kentucky Senate passes NRA-backed bill

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Posted at 4:41 PM, Feb 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-14 17:41:18-05

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — 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.