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Permission Not Required: “Constitutional Carry” Bill Introduced in Kentucky

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 18, 2017) – A so-called  “Constitutional Carry” bill filed in the Kentucky Senate would make it legal for most Kentuckians to carry a firearm without a license, and foster an environment hostile to federal gun control.

A coalition of 10 senators filed Senate Bill 7 (SB7) on Jan. 3. The legislation would allow persons not otherwise prohibited by other laws to carry concealed weapons without a license. The proposed law stipulates a number of places where it would remain illegal to carry a concealed weapon including hospitals, police stations, courthouses, government meetings and areas primarily dedicated to selling alcoholic beverages for consumption.

SB7 would still allow Kentucky residents to obtain a license so they can carry in states that have conceal carry reciprocity with the state.

While constitutional carry bills do not directly affect federal gun control, widespread passage of permitless conceal carry laws in states subtly undermines federal efforts to regulate guns. As we’ve seen with marijuana and industrial hemp, a federal regulation becomes ineffective when states ignore it and pass laws encouraging the prohibited activity anyway. The federal government lacks the enforcement power necessary to maintain its ban, and people will willingly take on the small risk of federal sanctions if they know the state will not interfere. This increases when the state actively encourages “the market.”

Less restrictive state gun laws will likely have a similar impact on federal gun laws. It will make it that much more difficult for the feds to enforce any future federal gun control, and increase the likelihood that states with few limits will simply refuse to cooperate with federal enforcement efforts.

State actions like passage of SB7 would lower barriers for those wanting to the option of defending themselves with firearms and encourages a “gun-friendly” environment that would make federal efforts to limit firearms that much more difficult.

“Constitutional carry is a big step toward being able to exercise a natural right that has been infringed at all levels for far too long,” campaign lead Scott Landreth said.


SB7 was referred to the Senate Committee on Veterans, Military Affairs, & Public Protection where it will need to pass by a majority vote before moving forward in the legislative process.