The Lawrence County Fiscal Court will have on the agenda for the January Fiscal Court meeting a vote on a resolution to make Lawrence County a 2nd Amendment Sanctuary COUNTY January 14th 10:00 a.m. at the Lawrence County Courthouse. The public is invited to attend.
For those that cannot attend the Fiscal Court meeting but want to have their voice heard can come to the Lawrence County Fiscal Courthouse on second floor and read the resolution and sign either a petition in support of or opposition of.
The County Judge’s office will be open Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30 and Saturday, January 11, 2020 from 8:30-12:00.
Kentucky Second Amendment Sanctuary Counties Sweep Across The State
The threat of multiple gun control bills coming from the left side of the aisle in the Kentucky legislature has the citizenry scrambling for a means to protect their rights.
Published Sunday, December 22, 2019 6:30 pm
Gun Rights Watch article by Gun Rights Watch – Chief Editor
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As with all states with ongoing Second Amendment Sanctuary movements in progress, we’ll be monitoring this situation daily to find and post updates as they come. Please check back again for updated information.
The Current State of Gun Control Efforts In Kentucky
As if on cue by the examples set in Virginia, Illinois, and elsewhere, Kentucky gun owners have gotten busy in recent weeks preparing a slew of responsive Second Amendment Sanctuary resolutions aimed at preventing the erosion of their carry rights. Red flag laws, storage requirements, and magazine restrictions are all on the table as a new Democrat Governor steps into the executive mansion in Frankfort.
A brief rundown of gun control bills pre-filed by the Democrats in the legislature reads like a routine laundry list of tired gun confiscation and oppression schemes:
BR 187: Deadly weapons, concealed carry without license, repeal
The repeal of Constitutional Carry throughout the state of Kentucky.
BR 835: Domestic abuse convictions, domestic violence orders, firearms surrender, procedures
The institution of new felonies for possession of a firearm by anyone ever convicted of any domestic abuse violation anywhere, regardless of seriousness.
Creates a Red Flag law.
BR 354: Firearms, ammunition capacity, assault weapons, regulation of and possession of
Bans standard-capacity magazines
Creates a firearm registry for “assault weapons”
Requires the owners of registered “assault weapons” to store the weapons in a manner which renders them inoperable
Creates a weapons buyback program
BR 342: Firearms, comprehensive regulation of
Defines “assault weapons”
Mandates universal background checks
Requires reporting to law enforcement of firearm and ammunition thefts and losses
Require an estate’s inventory to list each firearm owned by it
Requires judges writing orders of protection to decide whether the against whom the order is entered should be prohibited from possessing a firearm
Requires that the sentence for a felon in possession of a firearm be served subsequent to any other felony sentence
Bans firearms in all colleges, universities, and other secondary learning facilities. Presumably, this would include police academies.
Logs all firearm and ammunition sales with the state effective January 1, 2021
BR 282: Unlawful storage of a firearm, prohibition of
Makes it a crime to allow access to an unsecured firearm by any minor under the age of 18. In other words, taking your teenager to the range to teach them firearm safety would be illegal.
Some Republican State Representatives have taken it upon themselves to reassure the people of Kentucky that these bills will never pass, but as we’ve seen in the past, these reassurances often simply lead to complacency by the voters. State Representative Savannah Maddox wrote on Facebook on December 22nd:
In light of the recent onslaught of anti-gun legislation and discussions of Red Flag Laws in Kentucky and around the nation, I wanted to state my position as State Representative of the 61st House District (Grant County, and portions of Boone, Kenton, and Scott Counties).
I will vocally oppose BR 354, BR 342 and Red Flag Laws every step of the way, as well as ANY additional gun control legislation. I filed HB 327, Constitutional Carry, and carried the senate version (SB 150) to its passage in order to expand our ability to exercise our 2nd Amendment rights. I am confident that both the assault rifle ban and high capacity magazine ban will be dead on arrival in the upcoming session, but I am appreciative of everyone’s efforts to be vigilant on this issue. It is imperative that Kentuckians make their voices heard loud and clear- that we will not stand for this gun-grabbing nonsense and will rally behind our constitutional right to keep and bear arms which shall not be infringed.
While we believe the good Senator, we’re strongly suggesting that nobody in the state of Kentucky should be resting on their laurels. Fighting for your civil rights is never-ending, and those who shirk their responsibility to them suddenly find themselves in a situation like the good Virginians are now facing.
The New Kentucky Second Amendment Sanctuary Movement
Success in one state is often duplicated, and Kentucky should be no exception. The new movement in Kentucky isn’t brought on by any lobbying groups, but by grassroots organizers picking up the ball and asking their neighbors to do their part. Dozens of counties now have motions set in place to thwart subversive anti-freedom opportunities before they can even begin.
Municipalities That Passed a Second Amendment Sanctuary Resolution:
Harlan County – became a Second Amendment Sanctuary County on Monday, December 16th
Hancock County – passed a resolution on December 23rd
Knott County – passed a resolution on December 23rd
Letcher County – passed a resolution on December 30th
Adair County – passed a resolution on December 30th
Leslie County – passed a resolution on December 30th
Lewis County – passed a resolution on December 30th; also passed a similar resolution in 2014.
Breathitt County – passed a resolution on December 30th
Wayne County – passed a resolution on January 3rd
Monroe County – passed a resolution on January 3rd
Lee County – passed a resolution on January 3rd
Pendleton County – passed a resolution on January 3rd
Municipalities That Passed a Second Amendment Resolution Without Using The Word Sanctuary:
Cumberland County – passed a Second Amendment resolution in 2013 that did not use the word sanctuary. The Judge Executive is working on passing a new resolution that does.
Estill County – passed a resolution December 30th; has another meeting scheduled for January 27th to refine and propose a better resolution
Municipalities Having a Hearing or Confirmed To Be Voting Soon:
Because we’re at the end of the year and reporting is limited, many county websites do not have their 2020 schedules posted yet, so in some cases we aren’t sure when the next county board meeting is
Spencer County – meeting, presenting, or voting on January 6th; no further info
Caldwell County – meeting and presenting, possibly voting on January 6th
Hopkins County – presenting on January 7th; voting on January 21st
Oldham County – meeting; resolution will be presented to the fiscal court on January 7th at 2:00 pm
Boyd County – meeting or voting on January 7th at noon and again at 6:30 pm
Anderson County – meeting, presenting, or voting on January 7th 9:00 am
Casey County – meeting, presenting, or voting on January 7th
Bracken County – voting January 8th at 10:00 am on the 2nd floor of the old courthouse
Russell County – meeting, presenting, or voting on January 9th
Hart County – meeting, presenting, or voting on January 9th; if there is no vote we’re hearing that it will come on January 23rd
Menifee County – meeting/presenting in the Clark Energy building on January 11th at 1:00 pm
Logan County – meeting, presenting, or voting on January 11that 9:00 am at the Red River Meeting House; although we’ve also heard that they are meeting on January 14th at 9:00 am at the old courthouse upstairs
Mercer County – voting on January 14th
Metcalf County – meeting on January 14th at 9:00 am
Ohio County – Ordinance will be presented on January 14th at 5:00 pm
Greenup County – meeting/vote January 14 at 9:30 am, Greenup County fiscal courtroom
Owen County – meeting on January 14th
Bell County – voting on January 14th at 11:00 am; the Sheriff has recently stated that he refuses to violate the 2nd Amendment
Meade County – presenting and voting is January 14th at 7:00 pm at the Brandenburg Courthouse; Sheriff is prepared to deputize thousands of citizens to prevent confiscations/prosecutions
Taylor County – voting at the Fiscal Court meeting January 14th at 5:00 pm at the old courthouse in the upstairs courtroom
Floyd County – voting on January 21st at 6:00 pm
Jessamine County – meeting and presenting, possibly voting on January 21st
Robertson County – meeting, presenting, or voting on January 27th at 9:00 am
Madison County – meeting on January 28th at 9:30 am
Henry County – All magistrates and the Sheriff are in agreement; will be voted on at the next meeting January 21st
Carlisle County – vote scheduled; no date available yet
Union County – the Judge Executive is writing and will be presenting at the next meeting; no date available yet
Christian County – meeting/vote coming; no date available yet
There are obviously many more meeting dates than we have listed here. If a meeting is not listed, it simply means that we don’t have information yet about it. If you know of one, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other Counties That Have Efforts To Get A Hearing Or Vote Soon:
Nelson County – Sheriff refuses to violate Constitution
Laurel County – Sheriff John Root is firmly on board; presenting and voting is reported to be soon
Counties That Have Refused Efforts To Get A Hearing Or Vote Soon:
Daviess County – We’re hearing that both the County Judge Executive and Sheriff are against a Second Amendment resolution of any kind; allegedly, gun stores in the area aren’t even helping the cause
Map updates and list updates are not done at the same time, so any differences between them are most likely for that reason.
Special thanks to Kentucky patriot Courtney Griffieth from Kentucky United for her relentless hard work in tracking down much of this information.
Special thanks also go to Kimberly Clemens for her many important and useful updates.
Thanks also to our longtime GRW contributor Jeff Wittenborn for pointing us in the right direction.
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