Gun advocates rally for the 2nd Amendment at the State Capitol

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) — We’ve seen a new trend in the last several months across the Commonwealth with over 50 Kentucky communities voting to affirm 2nd Amendment rights.

For the second time this legislative session, over 100 gun advocates rallied at the State Capitol.

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Gun rights supporters say any gun law at all would infringe on their constitutional right.

“Enough’s enough,” is how gun owners at the rally feel about proposed gun control laws.

“They’re just kind of tired of being pushed around by government whether it’s gun laws or other laws that are enforcement. Ya know, it’s time to say ‘Wait a minute’,” says rally organizer and KY Gun Owners member, Tony Wheatley.

It’s part of a bigger movement right now with many communities voting to protect gun rights.

Several of the people behind this movement say they don’t think their resolutions are even enforceable, more so symbolic.

But why are they needed?

Some of these advocates say bills lawmakers are considering wouldn’t take their guns away but it’s the beginning of what could be a bigger threat and it’s more than just the 2nd Amendment.

“People need to wake up and realize this is not just an attempt to make people feel safe this is an attempt to steal your rights and it’s not just the 2nd Amendment they want the 1st Amendment they want all of them,” says gun rights supporter Colin McDonald.

There are a few bills going through the General Assembly right now these gun owners oppose. One would require people to register their assault weapons.

They’re also fearful lawmakers will introduce a ‘red flag’ law that would allow family and law enforcement to ask a judge to remove guns from someone deemed a threat to themselves or others.

17 other states and the District of Columbia have passed something similar.

“Basically you can have an individual who may have some vendetta against you make a claim to the police and the next thing you know your guns are being taken away with no due process, which is a complete violation of the constitution,” says Wheatley.

But there would be due process through a court hearing, according to the lawmakers on both sides of the aisle who say they want the law in Kentucky.

These advocates say they’ll keep this movement going until they feel their rights aren’t at risk.

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