Kentucky Joins In, Now 16 States Have Constitutional Carry

Kentucky Joins In, Now 16 States Have Constitutional Carry

Kentucky’s Governor Matt Bevin signed constitutional carry into law on Monday. His signature makes Kentucky the 16th state that does not require a license for law-abiding adults to carry concealed.

The change will allow those over 20 years of age, “and otherwise able to lawfully possess a firearm” to carry in the same places that someone with a concealed carry license may carry.  It brings choice to adults in Kentucky about whether or not to carry concealed without a government permission slip.

This addition of Kentucky as the sixteenth constitutional carry state marks a big change from 1996 when gun rights activists fought to enact concealed carry there. Clearly, right-to-carry has worked well in Kentucky, resulting in overwhelming support for permitless carry in the Kentucky legislature.

The new law takes effect on July 1. In the meantime, Kentuckians can practice open carry without a license.