Rep. Jim Wayne calls for lawmakers to reduce gun violence

Ky State Capitol

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Rep. Jim Wayne, wants state lawmakers to consider proposals to reduce gun violence and has sent a letter to the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee encouraging a public hearing on the issue.

Wayne’s letter to Rep. Joe Fischer, House Judiciary Chair, states that Fischer had said earlier this year he intended to hold hearings this summer on gun legislation that was proposed during the 2018 General Assembly. Wayne said the time has come to schedule those hearings, particularly after the tragic self-inflicted shooting of a two-year-old in Louisville today.

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In particular, Wayne wants lawmakers to take a closer look at legislation he sponsored during the General Assembly’s 2018 session that would have made it illegal to recklessly store a firearm lacking a trigger lock in a manner that allows child access to it without supervision or permission.

Wayne said a public hearing on his proposal this summer could help ensure its swift passage in the General Assembly’s 2019 session.