With the passing of Senate Bill 150, allowing concealed firearms to be carried without a concealed carry permit, police officers won't be the only ones who could potentially be affected by untrained armed civilians.

The new law, which took effect June 28, gives Kentuckians age 21 and older, who are legally eligible, the right to possess a concealed firearm without a license or permit, which could also mean without proper training.

This recent action, according to Russellville Police Chief Victor Shifflett, will put the general public at risk.

"I am not for this recent bill's passing," said Shifflett, a 25-year law enforcement veteran. "This will place the public in more danger. You will have more people packing guns into restaurants and in their cars. The potential for deadly altercations could rise by untrained gun owners."

Shifflett says three things will change now because of this new law.

"1) By requiring a permit, a vetting of sorts occurs. Not everyone should be allowed to carry a gun but now they will be able.

"2) By requiring a permit, it provides a little bit of training for those who want to carry a gun. The new law does away with that very important aspect.

"3) By requiring a permit, the gun owner will be educated on what he/she can do with it. There are a lot of laws out there that govern when and where you can shoot. Those haven't changed but now without the proper education required by conceal carry permits, that education will be lost."

Shifflett admits nothing will change for law enforcement. Each officer, no matter what community they serve in, is trained to look at all situations as armed.

"We know in every situation there is at least one gun... the one the officer is carrying," said Shifflett, adding the new law will make officers have to take a few more steps. "The reality is, we already had a lot of people carrying guns who didn't have a concealed carry permit. We are taught that everybody we deal with is potentially armed."

The chief, who is retiring in August, says he understands people's Constitutional rights to bear arms. He also understands the concept that crime in some areas of the state may decrease with the public carrying guns. What he doesn't agree with, however, is doing away with the usefulness of requiring a permit to do so.

"You have people going into Cabelas and buying a gun and a box of bullets. Some of them come to training and don't have a clue how to load the gun. The information you receive through proper training once required for a permit is now off the table," Shifflett said.

Another issue Shifflett sees happening is people traveling to other states thinking they can carry a gun without a permit.

There are over 30 states that recognize Kentucky's conceal carry laws. However, there are other states that do not and have strict conceal carry laws of their own. Shifflett says by simply crossing into our neighboring state of Tennessee without a proper permit, you could land in jail.

Even with the recent bill passage, a person can still get their concealed carry permit for the state of Kentucky.

For more on Kentucky CCDW laws, visit http://kentuckystatepolice.org/ccdw/