FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Domestic-violence victims could seek temporary court orders allowing them to carry concealed weapons under a bill that has won approval from a Kentucky Senate panel.
The bill's supporters include the NRA. Republican Sen. Jared Carpenter says his measure is aimed at giving victims the ability to protect themselves.
The proposal cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.
Under the bill, when judges issue protective orders they could also allow the victims to carry concealed weapons. They would face the same conditions as anyone possessing a concealed carry license.
The temporary order would last up to 90 days or the length of the protective order, whichever is shorter.
Carpenter says the temporary orders are needed because it can take two to three months for people to get concealed carry permits.
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