Posted: Feb 7, 2013 11:57 AM
Updated: Feb 7, 2013 12:09 PM
FRANKFORT - State lawmakers will introduce a pair of identical proposals in the General Assembly's 2013 session that would take comprehensive action on reducing gun violence.
"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. "This is no time for anyone to be stuck on the ideological fringes of the gun debate. We need to come together in a way that respects the rights of law-abiding gun owners while taking reasonable steps to reduce gun violence. We can take sensible steps to prevent mass killings while also protecting 2nd Amendment rights."
Rep. Mary Lou Marzian, D-Louisville, and Sen. Kathy Stein, D-Lexington, will introduced identical legislation in their respective chambers to allow local governments to regulate firearms, prohibit guns from college campuses, and implement licensing of gun owners and registration of firearm and ammunition.
If approved by lawmakers, the legislation will:
Wayne said the legislation seeks to find a middle ground in the debate on guns.
"We need a well-reasoned look at making sure we prevent another massacre in our schools like the one we saw in Newtown and like we saw at Heath High School near Paducah over 15 years ago," said Wayne, a primary cosponsor of the bill. "It's time for a calm, sensible discussion. This legislation is a starting point for that in Kentucky."