New concealed laws take effect July 12

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By Jamie Baker-Nantz

If you own a home or a business, you won’t need a concealed weapons permit after July 12.

After the General Assembly passed House Bill 484 86 -5 and the Senate followed by a vote of 36-1, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear signed the bill into law on April 11.

The bill was endorsed by the National Rifle Association and received 36 sponsors from both Democrats and Republicans.
The law requires a conceal carry license unless the person owns or leases the property or is the grandparent, parents or child of the owner and has the owner’s permission. The person must be the sole proprietor of the business to carry a concealed gun without a license on the business property.

“I don’t know that a lot of people knew about this law saying you couldn’t. Basically, this just cleans up the language,” said Grant County Sheriff Chuck Dills.

Bills passed by the legislature generally become law 90 days after a session ends.

Other laws that take effect on July 12 include:
• Senate Bill 32 establishes a statewide emergency alert system for those suspected for injuring a police officer.
• House Bill 421 allows homeowners a five-day grace period to opt out of roofing contracts if an insurance policy doesn’t cover the construction.