Gun control advocates look to block three Kentucky legislature bills

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - A group of gun control advocates is voicing concerns about three bills in the legislature.

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The group, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, is asking for what they call "common sense gun laws" while looking to block the three bills.

Several of the speakers talked about the recent shooting at Marshall County High School including Hollon Holm. Holm was injured 20 years ago in the shooting at Heath High School which is just 30 minutes away from Marshall County.

"Our elected officials only offer thoughts and prayers and more guns to the solution of guns violence," said Holm.

Among the three bills the group is working to stop is a measure which would allow those with concealed carry permits to have their firearm on campuses of public universities.

Another bill addresses guns in public schools. School boards would be able to designate a staff member to serve as a marshal, allowing them to have a gun in school.

"You need to continue to let your lawmakers know that as proud citizens of this Commonwealth you will not accept such irresponsible legislation," argued political activist Lucy McBath, who lost a son to gun violence in Florida.

Authorities have yet to release the Marshall County shooting suspect's identity or whether or not the individual had a violent past. The suspect is a juvenile.

Gun control advocates are also working to block a permitless carry bill which would allow people to carry a firearm in public without a permit.

Fayette County Sheriff Kathy Witt and the mother of Antonio Franklin, who was killed in Lexington's Duncan Park, also spoke at the event.

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