A bill to limit gun owners to their homes has passed the Kentucky House and Senate, but Gov.
Matt Bevin’s signature is needed before it can become law.
A bill to ban gun owners from owning guns passed the state Senate in April and was sent to the House of Representatives, where a compromise was reached.
The bill requires all state agencies to have a concealed carry license, and requires a permit for every firearm purchased by a person over the age of 21.
The House also approved legislation that would require a background check for all firearms purchases.
But the Senate failed to reach a compromise on the House bill, which could result in a final vote on the Senate version of the bill before the bill is sent to Gov.
The bill also requires that gun owners pay a $20 fee to register their firearms.
But critics argue that the fee is a needless burden on the already-struggling state economy.
House Majority Leader John Krasnow said the bill would “provide some relief to the many Kentucky businesses who are facing significant loss of business due to this legislation.”
Sen. Tom Bickford, a Louisville Democrat who has sponsored similar bills in the past, said he has worked with legislators to craft the bill that he expects will pass.
“I’ve worked with a lot of the legislators and I know they all have concerns about the cost of a license,” Bickf said.
“They’ve had a lot to say about that.”
Senate President Andy Gardiner, R-Bentonville, who was not involved in the negotiations, said the compromise was acceptable.
“This was a difficult compromise to reach, but the House and the Senate agreed that this bill should go forward,” Gardiner said.
The Senate passed the bill Thursday by a vote of 34-0, but it must be approved by the House before it becomes law.
House Speaker John Yarbrough, R of Boone, said lawmakers were looking forward to a bipartisan solution that is “a good balance” for businesses, consumers and the state.
“The goal of the legislation is to provide relief to businesses, particularly those that are struggling to make ends meet,” Yarbough said.