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KSP Officials Issue Reminders About New Concealed Carry Law

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The Kentucky State Police agency says it’s not taking a position for, or against, a new law that allows citizens to carry a concealed firearm without a permit.  KSP is, however, issuing some advice. 

KSP is encouraging Kentuckians to do some homework before traveling to other states.  The new law may not apply elsewhere, and if stopped by police in other states, Kentuckians could be subject to arrest.  Sergeant Josh Lawson says most, if not all, of Kentucky’s surrounding states still require a permit for concealed carry.

While not required, Lawson suggests that citizens coming in contact police in Kentucky, alert the officers if they’re carrying without a permit.

“We’re there for public safety, but we also have to be concerned with officer safety, and surprises about seeing a firearm concealed on a person are never a good idea when having those interactions," stated Lawson.

State police have been fielding a lot of calls about the new concealed carry law since it took effect on June 28.  More information is available at

Lisa is a Scottsville native and WKU alum. She has worked in radio as a news reporter and anchor for 18 years. Prior to joining WKU Public Radio, she most recently worked at WHAS in Louisville and WLAC in Nashville. She has received numerous awards from the Associated Press, including Best Reporter in Kentucky. Many of her stories have been heard on NPR.
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