This week, Governor Ernie Fletcher signed two NRA-backed bills into law.
Senate Bill 38, the Castle Doctrine, establishes a presumption that citizens are justified in the use of force when violent criminals attempt to forcibly enter their home, vehicle or other dwelling. It also codifies a court decision specifying that citizens may meet force with force and have no duty to retreat when being violently attacked.
The other bill was the comprehensive firearms rights reform package, House Bill 290. It includes provisions that allow employees to store firearms in their vehicles while at work so that they may protect themselves as they travel to and from their jobsite. The Attorney General is directed to take legal action against employers who prohibit firearms storage or who attempt to punish those employees who choose to exercise their right to self-defense within their own private property -- their vehicle. HB 290 also guarantees the confidentiality of all information associated with concealed weapons permit holders and allows the concealed weapons permit to substitute for the phone call to the FBI during firearms transfers.
Finally, the bill protects law-abiding Kentuckians against the kind of abuses endured by the citizens of New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. It strictly prohibits government officials from in any way restricting the rights of gun owners, or those trying to legally acquire firearms for protection, during a state of emergency or disaster.
A special thank you to all NRA members for your calls and emails
in support of SB 38 and HB 290 during the legislative session!