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5:38 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Mayor Greg Fischer Asks People to Go Gun-Free at Thunder Over Louisville

Greg Fischer
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Mayor Greg Fischer is making a special request for the 600,000-plus expected Saturday on the waterfront for Thunder Over Louisville.

In the wake of youth violence last month in downtown Louisville, Fischer has requested that Thunder attendees leave guns at home in an effort to promote a safe environment at the fireworks and air show.

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8:00 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Kentucky Senate OKs Bill Allowing Concealed Carry Permit-Holders to Bring Guns into Bars


FRANKFORT — Legislation that would allow people with concealed carry permits to bring firearms into bars and restaurants is on its way to the Kentucky House.

The state Senate passed the measure Thursday by a 30 to 4 vote. State Sen. John Schickel says he believes Senate Bill 60 is about the right to defend oneself. He told fellow senators that crime rates and gun-related accidents have fallen since concealed carry laws were established.

Schickel says there is a reason for gun possession in a bar.

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9:24 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Eastern Kentucky School District Considers Arming Principals


MCKEE, Ky. — An eastern Kentucky school district is considering a proposal to deputize and arm principals for added safety.

WYMT-TV reported that Jackson County Public Schools released a statement saying officials are reviewing the proposal, consulting with the district's attorney and its insurance carrier.

The suggestion came last month from Jackson County Sheriff Denny Payman, who said he could train and deputize principals. He says if an intruder entered a school, he and his deputies couldn't get there before somebody got hurt.

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11:03 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Senator Rand Paul: President Obama Using Gun Victims, Families As 'Props'

Senator Rand Paul
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Speaking to reporters at an event organized by the Christian Science Monitor, U.S. Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., blasted President Obama for using the families of gun violence victims in his push for legislative reforms.

From Huffington Post:

"I think gun control is a legitimate issue for us to debate," Paul said. "I hate to see using people, I think, as props and politicizing people's tragedy. When I see the father and the mothers and them testifying - and I know they're coming voluntarily, and they want to come and be part of this debate - but it still saddens me just to see them, and I think that in some cases the president has used them as props. And that disappoints me.

The president has reached out to family members of victims from the Newtown massacre in the aftermath.

One mother stood in for Obama during one of his weekly presidential addresses. In that speech Francine Wheeler, whose 6-year-old son was murdered during the shooting spree, pleaded for stricter gun control laws.

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Local News
4:15 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

New Albany Gun Buyback Ends Six Hours Early After Funds Run Out

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That didn't take long.

A New Albany gun buyback program ended in less than two hours Friday after police accepted about 250 firearms and ran out of money.

"We had a big turnout," said Maj. Keith Whitlow, a New Albany Police spokesman.

"If we do it again in the future, we can learn from our mistakes ... and try to get more people involved."

People were lined up hours before the buyback began, he said.

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