Lawmaker wants state to be ‘Second Amendment Sanctuary’

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Although experts say the measures are mostly symbolic and have questionable legal standing, Kentucky could become the latest so-called Second Amendment Sanctuary state if legislation pre-filed by Rep. Josh Bray is approved during the 2022 Regular Session.

The measure, BR 171, bars state and local law enforcement from enforcing federal restrictions on the constitutional right to bear arms.

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“President Biden has declared gun control a priority for his administration and we know that if he doesn’t get what he wants from Congress, he will abuse his executive authority through rulemaking,” said Bray, who represents all of Garrard and Rockcastle counties and a portion of Madison County. “BR 171 sends a clear message that Kentucky is a Second Amendment Sanctuary, and that there is no question we will defend the Second Amendment against any attempt to infringe upon it.”

Bray’s proposal would further strengthen the statewide movement. The fiscal courts in 113 of 120 counties and six cities have approved similar language.

“Firearms play an enormous role in our state’s history and our lifestyle. Kentuckians want to enjoy the outdoors and pass along the tradition of hunting and sportsmanship. However, we also recognize that the Second Amendment was crafted to ensure we can protect not only country, but also ourselves,” Bray added.

The full text of BR 171 can be found here, or by visiting the Legislative Research Commission’s website at www.legislature.ky.gov.

The Kentucky General Assembly will convene for the 2022 Regular Session on January 4, 2022.