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Group of liberal lawmakers propose gun-control bill in Kentucky

Rep. Mary Lou Marzian, D-Louisville, left, and Sen. Kathy Stein, D-Lexington, introduce a wide-ranging gun control bill on Feb. 7, 2013. Photo by Jack Brammer | Staff

By Jack Brammer
jbrammer@herald-leader.com

FRANKFORT — In the aftermath of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, a trio of liberal Kentucky lawmakers unveiled a wide-ranging gun control bill Thursday.

The measure, among other things, would repeal a controversial state law that bars local governments from regulating guns. It also would prohibit guns on college campuses and require background checks for private gun sales to close the so-called “gun-show loophole.”

It is competing against several pro-gun measures that already have been introduced in this year’s General Assembly. They include House Bill 168, sponsored by Rep. Bob Damron, D-Nicholasville, which states that Kentucky would not recognize federal statutes and regulations that deny or abridge the right to keep and bear arms.

Damron said the bill is similar to legislation being approved in other states.

“While the federal government probably could override it, we want to put the Kentucky legislature on record that it is for the Second Amendment,” he said.

The gun-control measure was unveiled in a Capitol news conference that attracted about 50 proponents. Some wore shirts that carried the names of gun victims.

“A growing number of people are seeking sensible changes to keep children safe and protect citizens in light of the mass murder of schoolchildren in Newtown, Conn.,” said Rep. Jim Wayne, D-Louisville.

He was joined by Rep. Mary Lou Marzian, D-Louisville, and Sen. Kathy Stein, D-Lexington. The lawmakers plan to file identical legislation in the House and Senate.

The legislators acknowledged that the proposal will meet stiff resistance from many of their colleagues, but they said they look forward to starting a debate on the issue.

Damron said he would like the full House to take up his bill and the proposed gun-control measure “at the same time and let us debate them.”

Marzian said the measure does not take away anyone’s gun, but it would require the Kentucky State Police to come up with a licensing system for people who possess firearms and assault weapons and a system to track the sales of firearms and ammunition.

Wayne acknowledged that the law would allow state police to issue a regulation that limits possession of firearms with multiple rounds of ammunition.

Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, said the legislature would look with “a jaundiced eye” on any bill that restrict the Second Amendment. He added that he has not had time to review any of the gun measures filed.

The gun-control legislation also would:

■ Require the safe storage of firearms through the use of gun locks or safes.

■ Require a judge, when issuing an order of protection, to consider whether a person against whom the order is entered should be prohibited from possessing a firearm.

■ Require judges who pronounce a defendant not guilty by reason of insanity or guilty but mentally ill to demand the surrender of the defendant’s firearms.

Some of the other gun-related measures under consideration in this year’s legislative session include:

■ Senate Bill 92, sponsored by Sen. Jared Carpenter, R-Berea, which would limit the enforceability of federal firearms laws within the boundaries of Kentucky.

■ SB 90, sponsored by Sen. Gerald Neal, D-Louisville, which would allow felons who have had their felony records expunged to possess a firearm.

■ HB 156, sponsored by Rep. Stan Lee, R-Lexington, which would attempt to exempt properly marked firearms and ammunition that are made in Kentucky from federal law. It’s called the “Kentucky Firearms Freedom Act.”

■ House Concurrent Resolution 46, sponsored by Rep. Reginald Meeks, D-Louisville, which would create in the legislature the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force to study gun safety issues.

■ House Joint Resolution 33, sponsored by Rep. Kenny Imes, R-Murray, which would nullify all federal legislation in violation of the Second Amendment.

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  1. MikeTrip says:

    These lefties are absoluately shamless to exploit the deaths of these poor children for their own poilitical advancement.

  2. Laurie Davison says:

    Excellent. This legislation is long overdue.

  3. Eddie Lawson says:

    Another bill that would have done nothing to stop Sandy Hook. The shills in the liberal media still have not reported that the AR-15 was in the car and not used in the shootings. Only handguns were used. These 2 stupid women are just following the marching orders of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. Why do we still elect morons like this?

  4. betty nigoff says:

    Opinions are nice, name calling is not.

  5. Isaac Baker says:

    I have zero concern about being “nice” to idiots like these who swim in the blood of children to attempt their nefarious gun grabbing. Leftist democrat morons from our two demon-rat strongholds in Kentucky. I’d like to see them tarred & feathered. And that’s what I’m willing to post in the internet.

  6. serah says:

    Let one of these libs have their house invaded one night with no protection, kids raped etc., they’ll then change their mind. My gun stays with me. When I see obama and all the others ban guns and get rid of their security, then and only then will i talk.

  7. Buck Feshear says:

    Jim Wayne makes Kathy Stein’s politics look like Michele Bachmann’s in comparison, that’s how much of a loony moonbat lib he is.