FRANKFORT, Ky. - Two new gun control bills are introduced in Frankfort.
House Bill 502 is the 19th bill filed this session addressing some aspect of gun control. The filings come in the wake of school shootings in Marshall County, Kentucky, and Parkland, Florida. The bill's provisions allow local governments to regulate firearms, require safe storage of weapons around children and expand background checks by tracking people with mental illnesses who threaten or commit acts of violence.Wayne and several Louisville Democrats are among the lawmakers sponsoring the bill.
Democratic Rep. Chris Harris filed a measure that would raise the age to buy an assault-style rifle from 18 to 21-years-old.Harris say "The fact that it is easier for an 18 year-old in Kentucky to legally purchase an AR-15 than to purchase cold medicine or beer defies commonsense." In a speech on the House floor earlier this month, Harris says he's tired of "thoughts and prayers" and wants legislation to reduce school shootings.