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New Kentucky liberal gun law targets domestic violence victims

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More and more women throughout our region continue to buy guns for protection, then take the concealed carry permit classes.

Now, there's a new law that gives women or men in danger quicker access to carry a concealed weapon.

We're talking about a Kentucky State law that goes into effect July 15.

The law targets victims of domestic violence and says if that victim is granted an emergency protective order against an abuser, they can also get an emergency concealed carry permit.

They will not have to wait until after the 45 days required to complete training, but can conceal their weapon legally the very next day.

The new gun law reaction is understandably mixed.

Still getting help at Ashland's Safe Harbor domestic violence shelter, Tammy called her late husband's physical abuse relentless.

Tammy told us: "I've had black eyes, broken bones, cuts and scrapes. It got bad."

But Tammy is one of many at the shelter who says if she had a chance to conceal a gun right after an emergency protective order, she might not trust her emotional judgment.

Tammy explains: "If I had got a gun I could have went home and shot him out of anger. It would have depended on what kind of mood I was in. Some people I know are strong minded and would be able to handle it, but some women and men would be out for revenge. "

Kentucky concealed carry permit instructor Todd Borders says women now often dominate CCW classes. He says they buy and conceal guns for protection, and he says waiving the training may have consequences.

Todd Borders Added: "I usually spend a little extra time with them, to make sure they are comfortable and understand everything there is to learn about the firearm."

Safe Harbor's clinical director is one of many shelter administrators dead set against abuse victims having guns at all, concealed or otherwise.

Clinical director Erica Myers says it only adds to the violence; "Historically, domestic violence victims have not been found to kill in self defense. The law does not hold them special because they have a protective order. They are found to be murderers. "

Abuse shelter administrators say instead of more liberal gun laws, police and judges should toughen what they see as extremely lax enforcement and prosecution of those who violate emergency protective orders.