House passes concealed weapons for prosecutors

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Retired prosecutors would have special privileges to carry concealed weapons anywhere in the state under a measure that has passed the House.

Representatives voted 90-4 Monday for the measure that now goes to the Senate for consideration.

Democratic state Rep. Bob Damron of Nicholasville is sponsor of the bill that extends to commonwealth's attorneys and county attorneys the same right that already has been given to retired judges.

The measure is intended to allow retired prosecutors to defend themselves if attacked.

Kentucky already allows people to carry concealed weapons if they have permits to do so. Damron's measure would allow retired prosecutors to carry them into restricted areas, like courthouses, where the general population wouldn't be permitted to carry guns.

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