PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - There is a bill moving through the General Assembly that could disregard any future changes to gun laws in the United States. Supporters say the bill protects the basic rights of gun owners, others say the bill itself is unconstitutional.
Senate Bill 129 would allow Kentucky to ignore any new federal gun laws. The proposed bill also holds an emergency clause which would allow it to take effect immediately after becoming a law.
Gun owner Roger Mullins says, "We need something like that to protect our Second Amendment rights, as a gun owner, we need security from the Federal Government."
Wide Open Outdoors sales clerk, Sam Bays, also agrees with the bill, "I think it is a good thing, the state of Kentucky and our legislators are sending a message to Washington that we are going to stand up for our Second Amendment rights."
Not all gun owners say they agree with this bill and those opposed say the bill itself is unconstitutional.
However, many gun owners say that is something they do not agree with. Mullins says, "We have got to worry about our individual rights and sometimes the Federal Government oversteps the Constitution."
Gun owners in favor of Senate Bill 129 say they support it because gun laws that may work in one state might not necessarily work for the state of Kentucky. One gun owner said, "We are basically a rural state and we don't have the protection the urban people have."
Bays adds, "The Federal Government has a one size fits all mentality. You can look at the inner cities, Chicago for instance, has some of the highest murder rates and they have some of the strictest gun control laws." Bays says when looking at statistics it is proven that, "Anywhere you have more concealed carries, you have less crime."
The Senate committee also unanimously approved a bill sponsored by Senator Brandon Smith of Hazard that reduces from 90 days to 60 days, the amount of time state police have to approve or deny an application for a license to carry a concealed deadly weapon.