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House gives final approval to measure expanding access to firearm safety courses

In News, State by OC Monitor Staff

FRANKFORT, Ky — Yesterday, the Kentucky House of Representatives gave final approval to a significant measure which increases access to certified concealed carry instructors. House Bill 417 specifically expands the organizations eligible to teach firearm safety courses to applicants for concealed carry permits.

“Kentuckians have a long history of respect and appreciation for our Second Amendment Rights,” said Representative Jim DuPlessis, R-Elizabethtown, a National Rifle Association certified instructor. “We in the Commonwealth understand the importance of firearm safety, and the measure that passed the House today will ensure every citizen has access to the essential courses that teaches responsible firearm use.”

The measure sets national organization parameters to include, but not be limited to, The National Rifle Association, The United States Concealed Carry Association, and the National Shooting Sports Foundation. The training requirement may also be fulfilled through any firearms safety courses offered or approved by the Department of Criminal Justice Training.

“The bipartisan manner in which this measure passed the General Assembly is a true testament to our commitment in ensuring every Kentuckian can enjoy their Second Amendment freedoms in a safe and responsible way,” DuPlessis added.

The bill now heads to the Governor to be signed into law.

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