Kentucky lawmakers approve NRA-backed concealed carry bill

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky lawmakers have approved a bill that would allow people to carry a concealed handgun without a permit or training.

The bill, backed by the National Rifle Association, won final House passage Friday after a long debate. The measure now goes to Gov. Matt Bevin.

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Under the measure, Kentuckians able to lawfully possess a firearm could conceal their weapons without a license. A gun-carrying permit now carries a fee and a training requirement.

Supporters said the bill is a recognition of Kentuckians’ gun-ownership rights. Opponents objected to dropping the training requirement as a condition for carrying concealed weapons.

Supporters said Kentuckians already can carry weapons openly without any training. But if they carry a gun under a coat, they currently need a permit.