Kentucky legislators have passed a bill to make the state a Second Amendment sanctuary, a move that has been hailed as a victory for gun rights advocates. The legislation, which was signed into law by Governor Matt Bevin, prohibits any state or local government from enforcing any law, regulation, or other action that infringes upon the right to keep and bear arms as protected by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
The passage of the bill marks a triumph for gun rights advocates in Kentucky, who have long sought to protect the state’s citizens from overreaching federal and local governments. The bill was introduced in the state House of Representatives by Representative Robert Goforth and in the state Senate by Senator Brandon Smith. Both lawmakers argued that the legislation was necessary to protect the rights of Kentucky citizens to keep and bear arms.
The bill was met with strong opposition from gun control advocates, who argued that it would encourage lawlessness and undermine public safety. Proponents of the bill, however, maintained that it was necessary to ensure that the state’s citizens were not subject to unduly burdensome restrictions on their right to keep and bear arms.
The bill is part of a broader movement among states to protect their citizens from potentially overreaching federal gun control measures. A number of other states, including Alabama, Arkansas, and Missouri, have passed similar legislation to make their states Second Amendment sanctuaries.
The passage of this legislation signals a major victory for gun rights advocates in Kentucky, who have long sought to protect their citizens from federal and local governments that might seek to impose unconstitutional restrictions on the right to keep and bear arms.