Gun owners in Kentucky can get permits to carry concealed weapons under a new online application process.
The Courier-Journal reports that the process requires state police to either issue or deny a license within 15 days of receiving an electronic application. That's quicker than the 60-day processing period allowed for paper applications.
Supporters say the change improves access to concealed-carry permits at a time when demand is high. The newspaper reports that Kentucky issued more than 59,500 permits in 2013, compared with 10,900 in 2004.
Critics say it endangers the community and invites more opportunities for violence.
Applicants still must complete an in-person training course on Kentucky law and gun safety. They also must pass a background check.
State police are still accepting paper applications.