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Kentucky Gun Laws: Quotes From Heated Debate

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Gun owners in the Bluegrass State are usually pleased with the lenient Kentucky gun laws. However, gun control advocates criticize the state and other states they consider having weak regulations of firearms.

Kentucky ranked at the bottom of the list as one of the states with weak gun laws, according to a Brady Campaign report in 2012. Campaign representative Dennis Henigan blamed states with the weakest gun laws for deaths and injuries in other states.

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“All too often, crime guns come from gun dealers in the states that stubbornly refuse to enact common sense, lifesaving gun laws,” Henigan said. “Every day, a river of illegal guns flows out of the states with weak gun laws, victimizing families in states that are doing their best to protect their residents.”

Kentucky gun laws put regulation of firearms under the control of the state, and this causes concerns among many local officials. A law that passed the state legislature in 2012 was intended to keep firearm rules consistent throughout the state, but cities were forced to allow the carrying of guns on public properties that once didn’t allow it, such as city-owned parks and public offices.

Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell told USA Today: “We have serious concerns about the safety implications for our employees of metro government and the public who come into these buildings.” His office in Louisville had to comply with the law.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer became concerned
about no longer being allowed to prohibit guns in public places such as the city hall. Guns were prohibited because “sometimes heated exchanges take place in government buildings by citizens,” he said. “We felt like that was the best for the safety of the employees of the city.”

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“I’m in favor of giving people the right to protect themselves wherever they are,” said state Rep. Bob Damron, a Democrat who sponsored the 2012 bill. Supporters of the bill didn’t want local governments to regulate firearms. They say their constituents want Kentucky gun laws that protect their gun rights.

Kentucky is considered a gun-friendly state because of the many residents who own firearms. Concealed-carry permits increased from 11,000 in 2004 to 60,000 in 2013, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer. State legislators are even taking steps to keep Kentucky free from federal regulation by considering a law to prevent federal government restrictions of firearms in the state.

“I think the main push for concealed carry permits across the United States is increased due to the fact folks are concerned rightly their constitutional right to bear arms is increasingly being threatened,” said Republican state Rep. Diane St. Onge.

This article does not constitute legal advice. Check the current gun laws before purchasing or traveling with a firearm.

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