Lawmakers call for action in wake of gun violence
FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ)- The shooting in Florida has again sparked discussion among lawmakers here in Kentucky on what can be done on a legislative level to try and prevent violence like this.
The shooting in Florida has again sparked discussion among lawmakers here in Kentucky on what can be done on a legislative level to try and prevent violence like this.
When the shooting in Marshall County happened back in January, lawmakers in Frankfort were vocal about the need to come up with a solution to stop gun violence.
“We need to have constructive conversations. We need to compromise where we can but above all we need to protect our children and we need to make sure we find answers,” said Sen. Danny Carrol, R-District 2.
Now in the aftermath of the school shooting down in Florida, lawmakers here are again calling for more action.
“We’ve got to step up. We are the adults let’s act like it. Let’s step forward. Let’s start a conversation and let’s figure out how to try to repair this fabric of america that’s getting shredded beyond recognition,” said Gov. Matt Bevin, R-Kentucky.
When it comes to actual legislation, so far there are just three bills.
House Bill 210 would allow guns on college campuses.
House Bill 36 would allow people to concealed carry without a permit.
Senate Bill 103, which was filed as a direct result of the Marshall County shooting, would allow armed guards in public schools.
Three bills most Republicans say would help keep students safe by allowing more options for self-defense.
But Democrats disagree, saying these bills go about dealing with gun violence the wrong way.
“Those who carry guns understand that response. Those of us who don’t carry guns and it is the majority of Kentuckians need prevention measures as well and I think I know I intend some amendments and I’m sure there will be others who file actual legislation to say let’s bring prevention in as well,” said Rep. Kelly Flood, D-District 75.
Currently, lawmakers are just over halfway through the general session and say they will continue to try and work together to come up with more solutions.