FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentuckians would be able to carry guns
through the woods even when they're not hunting under a measure
that has cleared the House.
Democratic state Rep. Bob Damron of Nicholasville sponsored the
measure intended to allow hikers and others to protect themselves
from animals or criminals they encounter.
The measure passed the House by a vote of 93-5 Wednesday
The issue was raised because of the state's growing black bear
population. Some outdoor enthusiasts said they would feel safer in
the woods if they were permitted to carry guns. Damron said people
with permits to carry concealed weapons already could do that. His
legislation spells out that those who don't hold such permits still
have the constitutional privilege to openly carry guns.
The legislation is House Bill 419.
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