Some state legislators say proposed school safety bill lacks gun control reform

Published: Jan. 10, 2019 at 8:40 PM EST
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Yesterday some Kentucky lawmakers filed what they are calling the General Assembly’s number one initiative this legislative session: Legislation focused on school safety.

But other legislators say the new bill is lacking any reform on gun control.

Rep. George Brown (D) Lexington is a member of the school safety working group formed shortly after the deadly school shooting that struck Kentucky’s Marshall County High School in January 2017.

Brown says he believes the working group’s bill is a good first step toward school safety, but that they have more work to do. That’s why he’s pushing two firearms related bills this session himself.

One bill deals directly with gun safety while the other deals with what he calls “common sense” gun control.

In last year’s legislative session Brown filed legislation aimed at banning bump stocks and implementing other similar regulations. Brown’s bill didn’t get a hearing, but he says he hopes it gets one this year.

“Now we have more advanced weaponry, we have the ability to kill more people. We should ban weapons in society that are used for war which are meant to kill people,” Brown said.

Brown is hopeful that the legislature can tackle updated gun control regulations soon, but says he understands he must be realistic as well.

“We are going to be back at this place again. I don't want to be pessimistic, but I want to be realistic as well,” he said.