Owensboro Attorney Says Gun Show Not Appropriate in Times of Mass Shootings

Owensboro Attorney Says Gun Show Not Appropriate in Times of Mass Shootings

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Credit via owensborosportscenter.com An Owensboro attorney is asking the city commission to reconsider allowing an upcoming gun show in light of the many mass shootings across the country. Owensboro attorney Clay Wilkey said he’s familiar with a law passed by the General Assembly in 2012 that prohibits city or county governments from passing legislation that infringes on a Kentucky citizen’s right to purchase or carry a firearm. But Wilkey said he has concerns about what’s called the “gun show loophole.” “I thought it was perhaps in poor taste that the city would play host to a gun show where anybody that has $6 to buy an admission ticket and has a Kentucky ID can go into the Sportscenter, and walk out with a firearm, without any requirement that a background check be done,” said Wilkey. The “gun show loophole” references how licensed gun dealers are required run a background check on a person who purchases a firearm, but an individual who doesn’t have a license can sell a firearm at a gun show without running a background check. Wilkey also spoke to the the City Commission about the federal Gun-Free School Zones Act that prohibits guns within 1,000 feet of a school. Wilkey said Owensboro Catholic High School is within that distance of the Sportscenter, where the gun show is being held. Owensboro City Attorney Steve Lynn said he has consulted with the federal officials about the issue. “When I spoke with Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, they told me […]

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