Pro-Gun Legislation on the Move in Kentucky
The Kentucky Legislature is underway and moving quickly on gun-related legislation. House Bill 1, House Bill 308, House Bill 313, and House Bill 326 are all pro-gun legislation, House Resolution 48, House Resolution 96, and House Bill 114 are anti-gun bills. For more information, please see each bill’s summary and status below.
On February 11, House Bill 1 passed in the state House by a 96 to 4 vote. Sponsored by state Representative Leslie Combs (D-94) and House Speaker Greg Stumbo (D-95), HB 1 proposes an amendment to the Kentucky Constitution recognizing citizens’ right to hunt and fish. It would provide truly meaningful protections against the animal rights activists who seek to ban all hunting in America. The ultimate adoption of this constitutional amendment would preserve Kentucky’s rich hunting and fishing traditions for future generations. HB 1 now goes to the Senate.
House Bill 308 passed out of the House Judiciary Committee on February 9, by a unanimous vote. Introduced by state Representative Bob Damron (D-39), HB 308 would implement the federal NICS Improvements Amendments Act by providing a pathway for the restoration of gun rights. This bill will be heard on the House floor this Monday, February 14.
This Tuesday, February 15, the House Judiciary Committee will hear House Bill 313, sponsored by state Representative Will Coursey (D-6). HB 313 would allow an individual to carry a loaded or unloaded firearm in an enclosed compartment originally installed by the manufacturer in a motor vehicle. The firearm would not be considered a concealed firearm under state law. Current law requires a firearm to be stored in a glove compartment even though some vehicles do not come with one regularly installed.
House Bill 326 is expected to be heard by the House Elections, Constitutional Amendments, and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee as early as Tuesday, February 15. Introduced by state Representative John Short (D-92), HB 326 would direct the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources to include a voter registration application form as part of an application for a hunting license or permit. In addition, HB 326 would also provide that any change of address form submitted for purposes of a hunting license or permit would serve as a change of address for voter registration. Hunter-Voter legislation will encourage sportsmen’s involvement in the political process and is an important method for preserving Kentucky’s outdoor heritage.
Please contact your state Representative TODAY and respectfully voice your SUPPORT for HB 308, HB 313, and HB 326. Your state Representative can be reached by phone at (502) 564-8100. Committee contact information can be found by clicking here.
The following anti-gun bills have been introduced in the House and referred to the House Judiciary Committee:
House Resolution 48, sponsored by state Representative Mary Lou Marzian (D-34), urges the leadership of the House to ban firearms from the House Chamber and House Gallery but provide an exception for specified police officers and legislators.
House Resolution 96, also sponsored by Rep. Mary Lou Marzian, directs citizens to sign a written declaration acknowledging the possible presence of firearms in the House Chamber or House Gallery before they are permitted to enter the Chamber or Gallery.
House Bill 114, introduced by state Representative Jim Wayne (D-35), would allow for the destruction of confiscated firearms. This anti-gun legislation would ban the lawful sale of confiscated firearms.
HR 48, HR 96 and HB 114 could be heard at any time.
Please contact your state Representative TODAY and respectfully voice your OPPOSITION to HR 48, HR 96 and HB 114. Your state Representative can be reached by phone at (502) 564-8100. Committee contact information can be found by clicking here.
The Kentucky Legislature is moving quickly through its thirty day session, so please make these calls TODAY!