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Kentucky Senate OKs concealed guns in bars

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky Senate has passed a bill that would allow concealed deadly weapons to be carried into bars and alcohol-serving establishments, so long as the carrier does not drink.

The bill's sponsor, Republican Sen. John Schickel of Union, says that while the bill strictly prohibits those carrying concealed weapons from drinking, the bill does not contain a provision that would allow a bartender to know whether a patron is concealing a weapon.

Opponents of the measure, such as Democratic Sens. Reggie Thomas of Lexington and Morgan McGarvey of Louisville, say that while some of the bill's clauses on gun safety training are admirable, they are concerned about alcohol and gun safety.

The bill passed out of the Senate on a 30-4 vote.


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