Oleg Volk photo.
Oleg Volk photo.

Kentucky's Governor Matt Bevin signed constitutional carry into law on Monday. His signature makes Kentucky the 16th state that does not require a license for law-abiding adults to carry concealed.

The change will allow those over 20 years of age, "and otherwise able to lawfully possess a firearm" to carry in the same places that someone with a concealed carry license may carry.  It brings choice to adults in Kentucky about whether or not to carry concealed without a government permission slip.

WKYT has the story.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) – Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin has signed into law an NRA-backed measure which will allow people to conceal carry without a permit.

Bevin signed Senate Bill 150 into law Monday. It allows Kentuckians 21 and older who can lawfully possess a firearm to be able to conceal it without a permit.

Bill supporters say the bill reinforces Kentuckians' constitutional rights, while some opponents feat it will only increase gun violence.

The NRA said Kentucky is the 16th state to allow for permitless conceal carry.

The law goes into effect in July.

This addition of Kentucky as the sixteenth constitutional carry state marks a big change from 1996 when gun rights activists fought to enact concealed carry there. Clearly, right-to-carry has worked well in Kentucky, resulting in overwhelming support for permitless carry in the Kentucky legislature.

The new law takes effect on July 1. In the meantime, Kentuckians can practice open carry without a license.

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