FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT)-It's passed the State Senate and is on to the House; Senate Bill 129 would essentially allow Kentuckians to disregard any new federal gun law passed after January First of this year. That includes any federal attempts to ban or restrict ownership of semi-automatic weapons or new rules on the registration of magazines and weapons.
State Senator Robin Webb voted in favor of the bill and is hopeful the House will follow suit.
"Any time the federal government oversteps its boundaries, the state can nullify that federal action," the District 18 Senator explained.
But Senator Kathy Stein, one of three senators against this measure says the state senate is jumping the gun.
"I voted no because as an attorney, as someone sworn to uphold the law, it is blatantly shockingly unconstitutional for Kentucky to tell the federal government we will not obey legislative measures from Congress," Stein said.
As leaders in Frankfort continue to monitor the progress of this bill and see what happens, local law enforcement leaders say it could have them staring at the wrong end of the barrel.
"We are going to enforce the state laws," Sheriff Pat Melton of Franklin County said.
Sheriff Pat Melton says federal officers have to enforce the federal laws. W he supports Second Amendment rights, there's no doubt there could be some shades of gray for his officers.
" think if you try and take away the guns from the good people that have them, then only the bad people are going to have them that pose a tremendous threat to the Commonwealth."
Legislative officials say while the bill has been passed to the house, there is no guarantee it will be called up during this session.
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