Concealed Carry Expansion Bill Clears Senate Committee

Legislation expanding the legal definition of where handguns may be stored in vehicles in Kentucky has cleared a Senate committee.

Currently, Kentuckians without concealed carry permits may keep a firearm in their vehicle, but only if it’s stored in the glove box. Representative Will Coursey’s bill expands the definition to include consoles, enclosed compartments and storage areas originally installed by the vehicle’s manufacturer.

“That’s where I like to keep mine, in the side pocket of the door,” says Senator Robin Webb of Grayson “So, I’ll be fine doing that now. No question. Well, thank you Rep. Coursey for bringing this.”

“That’s the intention of this legislation,” says Coursey. “It just allows the law abiding citizen that wishes to exercise his Second Amendment rights to adhere to the laws of the commonwealth,” he says.

The bill, which already has House approval, is expected to meet little resistance on the Senate floor.

By Tony McVeigh

Veteran broadcast journalist Tony McVeigh has been covering Kentucky politics since 1986, reporting for Clear Channel Communications before joining Kentucky Public Radio in 2004. His stories are aired by seven KPR affiliates, whose signals blanket the Commonwealth and parts of surrounding states. McVeigh began his broadcasting career at WRFC in Athens, Georgia, while earning a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Georgia. He has extensive anchor/reporter experience, including stints with South Carolina Network and Georgia Radio News Service in Atlanta. In 2007 and 2008, McVeigh was named Best Radio Reporter in the Kentucky Associated Press Awards. He also picked up consecutive AP Awards for Best Political Coverage. McVeigh won four Kentucky AP Awards in 2009, six in 2010 - including Best Political Coverage and Best Hard News Feature - and three in 2011. His coverage of the 2007 Kentucky governor's race topped the Political Reporting category of the Society of Professional Journalists Green Eyeshade Awards of 2008. In 2009, McVeigh placed second in Courts and Law Reporting in the Atlanta-based competition for journalists in 11 Southern states. McVeigh is also the proud recipient of an Individual Liberty Award from the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. The Brunswick, Georgia, native is a die-hard UGA football fan who enjoys photography, astronomy, live music, hiking Kentucky's Red River Gorge and exploring the state's beautiful back roads. McVeigh and his big, fat, black cat Simon, reside in Frankfort, KY.