Mt. Vernon Register-News

Community News Network

July 16, 2014

State lawmakers tweak gun regulations

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —

Obtaining a concealed carry weapons license within the Commonwealth of Kentucky is not a simple task.

The overall process involves background checks, filling out various forms, visiting your local sheriff's office and attending an eight-hour class. It is only after a six to eight week process that one is able to fully exercise their second amendment rights in public.

That is, of course, unless you're under the protection of an emergency protection order (EPO) or domestic violence order (DVO) after July 15.

As part of House Bill 128 — which amends many firearm laws in Kentucky — those protected by the two court orders will have the opportunity to apply electronically for a temporary concealed carry weapons permit and receive an answer from the Kentucky State Police in one business day. 

The temporary permit will last for 45 days after it is granted. The idea behind such legislation is that those protected under an EPO or DVO will use the time to complete the weapons training course and any other requirements for a standard CCW license.

For standard licenses, applicants must be a citizen of the Commonwealth for at least six months, be 21 years of age or older, have little to no trouble with the law, have a recent color photograph and a copy of a certificate of completion or written affidavit proving completion of a firearms training course offered by the Department of Criminal Justice Training.  

Applicants will still have to undergo the same background checks as the general public, but will not have to complete the weapons training required for a standard CCW license. 

According to Kentucky state representative Robert Damron, who hails from Nicholasville and represents Fayette and Jessamine counties, an emergency situation calls for emergency measures. Damron was one of 21 state representatives to sponsor the bill when it was introduced on Jan. 7.

Text Only
Community News Network
  • Almost half of America's obese youth don't know they're obese

    The good news is that after decades of furious growth, obesity rates finally seem to be leveling off in the U.S.. The bad news is that America's youth still appear to be dangerously unaware of the problem.

    July 23, 2014

  • Darth Vader is polling higher than all potential 2016 presidential candidates

    On the other hand, with a net favorability of -8, Jar Jar is considerably more popular than the U.S. Congress, which currently enjoys a net favorability rating of -65.

    July 23, 2014

  • 072214 Diamond Llama 1.jpg Llama on the loose corralled in Missouri town

    A llama on the lam cruised Main Street Tuesday before it mistook a resident’s fenced backyard for a place to grab a meal and freshen up.

    July 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • Screen Shot 2014-07-22 at 2.00.42 PM.png VIDEO: Train collides with semi truck carrying lighter fluid

    A truck driver from Washington is fortunate to be alive after driving his semi onto a set of tracks near Somerset, Ky., and being struck by a locomotive, which ignited his load of charcoal lighter fluid.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • mama.jpg What we get wrong about millennials living at home

    If the media is to be believed, America is facing a major crisis. "Kids," some age 25, 26, or even 30 years old, are living out of their childhood bedrooms and basements at alarmingly high numbers. The hand-wringing overlooks one problem: It's all overblown.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Malaysians wonder 'Why us?' after second loss of airline jet

    It was all too familiar. Grieving families rushing to airport. The flashing television graphics of a plane's last radar appearance. The uncomfortable officials before a heavy thicket of microphones.
    For many Malaysians, the disappearance of Flight 370 in March has been a long trauma from which the nation has not yet recovered.

    July 18, 2014

  • The terrible history of passenger planes getting shot out of the sky

    What is more clear is that, if initial reports are true, this would be the deadliest incident of a civilian passenger plane being shot down in modern memory. In some instances, the causes of the disaster are still shrouded in mystery. Here are some of the worst events.

    July 17, 2014

  • 130408_NT_BEA_good kids We're raising a generation of timid kids

    A week ago, a woman was charged with leaving her child in the car while she went into a store. Her 11-year-old child. This week, a woman was arrested for allowing her 9-year-old daughter to go to the park alone. Which raises just one question: America, what the heck is wrong with you?

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Screen Shot 2014-07-16 at 2.12.33 PM.png Gunshots narrowly miss TV reporter

    A reporter for a West Virginia television station narrowly escaped injury or worse Monday while covering a fatal weekend shooting in Beckley.

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • 25 hidden secrets in "Weird Al's" "Word Crimes" video

    Yankovic's 14th album was released this week, and it warms my heart containers that he's kept up his geeky brand of humor for so long. While he has written so many incredible songs, none have spoken to my love of proper grammar.
    Until "Word Crimes."

    July 16, 2014

Twitter Updates
Facebook
Stocks