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Kentucky: Senate Committee to Hear “Shall Certify” Legislation on Thursday

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

This Thursday, March 13, critical legislation that would further protect your Second Amendment rights will be heard in the state Senate Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection Committee.  Senate Bill 232, sponsored by state Senator Brandon Smith (R-30), would require that certification by a chief law enforcement officer (CLEO) -- when a signoff is required for the transfer of a firearm or other item regulated by the National Firearms Act (NFA) -- be provided within fifteen days as long as the applicant is not prohibited by law from receiving the firearm or other item.

Under current law, CLEOs are not required to act on an application for an NFA item, so a law-abiding applicant has no recourse when an application is denied by a CLEO for any reason, including their own personal feelings toward NFA items.  By removing any possibility of personal bias and creating a statewide standard, SB 232 protects the rights of law-abiding gun owners across the Bluegrass State.  Using the contact information provided below, please call AND e-mail members of the Senate Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection Committee and urge them to vote for SB 232!  Please also call 800-372-7181 to register your support.

Senate Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection Committee:

Senator Jimmy Higdon (R-14), Chairman
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Senator Whitney Westerfield (R-3), Vice Chairman
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Senator Perry B. Clark (D-37)
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Senator Carroll Gibson (R-5)
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Senator Ernie Harris (R-26)
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Senator Christian McDaniel (R-23)
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Senator Dennis Parrett (D-10)
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Senator Jerry P. Rhoads (D-6)
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Senator Albert Robinson (R-21)
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Senator Reginald Thomas (D-13)
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Senator Mike Wilson (R-32)
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