U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- On Friday, 1 March 2019, Constitutional Carry, SB 150, passed the Kentucky House with a vote of 60-37. On 14 February, two weeks earlier, SB 150 passed the full Kentucky Senate, 29-8.
The bill was watched intently by Second Amendment supporters. It passed the House just before 1 p.m.
Gutshot II, a long-term, vigorous contributor to OpenCarry.org, was in the gallery of the House of Representatives in Kentucky when SB150 passed.
Gutshot II: I am sitting in the gallery of the House Chamber now. They will start soon.
garyh9900: The bill has passed and is being sent to the governor for signature.
Gutshot II: I was there. Vote was 60-37.
Now the bill goes to Matt Bevin, the strongly conservative governor of Kentucky. Governor Bevin is widely expected to sign the bill into law. Matt Bevin was given an endorsement by Gun Owners of America in his governors race.
When Governor Bevin signs SB150 into law, Kentucky will become the third state this year to pass a Constitutional Carry, or “permitless” carry bill in 2019. Kentucky will become the 16th state with Constitutional Carry.
Governor Matt Bevin has said he will sign Constitutional Carry. From wkyt.com:
Gov. Bevin said Friday afternoon to Gray TV that he would sign the bill.
“It doesn't break new ground. It simply says that people do indeed have the right to keep and bear arms,” said Gov Bevin. “… For those people who are offended at this idea and don't like it, there are other places in America where they could live.”
Gov. Bevin also said he is a concealed carry gun owner and that this bill is a constitutional carry bill.
South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem signed SB47, South Dakota Constitutional Carry into law on 31 January 2019. She signed the bill only a week after passage. That is considered to be very fast as these things happen. Noem quickly kept her campaign promise. Noem set the stage for Oklahoma and Kentucky.
Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt likely set records when he signed the Oklahoma Constitutional Carry bill just two hours after it was passed on 27 February, less than a month after the South Dakota bill was passed.
We will see how long it will take Governor Bevin to sign SB 150 for Kentucky if he signs it as expected.
It is only two months into 2019, and three additional states have joined the Constitutional Carry club.
The term Constitutional Carry means the state has returned the law to a close approximation of what it was when the Bill of Rights, including the Second Amendment, was signed, in 1791. At that point no permits were required to carry deadly weapons, openly or concealed.
How many other states might pass Constitutional Carry in the remainder of the year?
No other state is as far along as Kentucky. Alabama has a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing scheduled on their Constitutional Carry bill, SB4, for 3 March 2019.
Several other states have bills in the legislative works. It is possible that one or two more states could pass Constitutional Carry bills in 2019.
The 15 states that have passed Constitutional Carry are:
- 1791: Vermont has had Constitutional Carry as long as the Bill of Rights existed.
- 2003, Alaska passed Constitutional Carry to restore the exercise of Second Amendment rights.
- 2010, Arizona passed Constitutional Carry.
- 2011, Wyoming passed Constitutional Carry.
- 2013, Arkansas passed Act 746 into law. It is effectively Constitutional Carry. Some county prosecutors threaten prosecution, but it has not happened.
- 2015, Kansas, and Maine became Constitutional Carry club members.
- 2016, Idaho, Missouri, West Virginia, and Mississippi became Constitutional Carry states.
- 2017, New Hampshire, and North Dakota passed Constitutional Carry.
- 2019, South Dakota and Oklahoma passed Constitutional Carry.
Kentucky is waiting for Governor Matt Bevin's signature.
About Dean Weingarten:
Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.