Kentucky Sen. Morgan McGarvey to file bill banning guns and masks in state Capitol

Kentucky Sen. Morgan McGarvey to file bill banning guns and masks in state Capitol

Hundreds of Second Amendment supporters and gun owners gathered in Frankfort to support gun rights as open carry allowed inside state capitol. Louisville Courier Journal FRANKFORT – State Sen. Morgan McGarvey, D-Louisville, has drafted a bill to prohibit deadly weapons and masks in the state Capitol, responding to an incident in the building last week that made national headlines. Following a gun rights rally outside the Capitol on Friday , roughly a dozen men with rifles entered the building and gathered in the rotunda, many posing for photos while wearing masks and with guns raised above their heads. McGarvey told The Courier Journal on Wednesday he has already drafted a bill to prohibit anyone from wearing a mask or bringing a deadly weapon into the Capitol, including guns, and expects to file it by the end of the week. “There’s no reason to have people with masks walking around the Capitol with assault rifles when we’re confiscating nail clippers from teachers," said McGarvey, referring to accounts of teachers who say such items were taken by Capitol security in recent years. “I’ve heard from pro-gun people who just don’t understand it. If I was sitting in downtown Louisville in my other office and somebody walked in with an assault rifle and a mask on? I would call the police.” Gov. Andy Beshear told reporters Wednesday that Capitol policy has long allowed people to bring guns into the building, though security did not properly enforce existing rules banning masks and requiring […]

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