Skip to comments.Gov. OK With Guns In Capitol Building(KY)
Posted on 01/13/2011 5:55:31 PM PST by marktwain
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- "It's just crazy." That's the comment made Tuesday by a state lawmaker from Louisville, pointing out Kentucky and Texas are the only two states to allow guns in their state Capitol.
State Rep. Mary Lou Marzian, of Louisville, plans on introducing two measures to change the law. The first one would ban guns in the state Capitol and annex building. If that bill fails, the other one would make it mandatory for parents to sign permission slips for children visiting the Capitol. Those forms would point out guns are allowed in the Capitol.
Marzian said she gave the go ahead to write the bills last Thursday. The Arizona shootings happened two days later.
Marzian said she didn't even know it was legal until some tea party members carried guns into the Capitol last year.
Jim Fishback, a Rand Paul supporter and gun owner, attended a health care rally at the Capitol last April. Fishback explained, in front of the governor's office, why he decided to carry a gun into Kentucky's state Capitol building, where there are metal detectors but guns are still allowed.
"Some of the criminals are in this building. We call them senators and representatives because right now, they're trying to take away our rights," Fishback said in 2010.
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Fishback said in March 2010, he came to the Capitol and left his gun in the glove compartment of his car. He went up to the house gallery wearing an empty holster, which was spotted by a state trooper. Fishback said the trooper then confronted him.
"It was obvious to everybody there was no weapon in there and the ironic fact, it would've been legal if there had been a gun in there," Fishback said on Tuesday.
Fishback is right, but not everything is allowed in the gallery.
There are signs in the Capitol building stating no flash photography, food or beverages.
State Rep. Bob Damron, of Nicholasville, sponsored the 1996 law giving control to the general assembly to allow guns in state office buildings or not.
"I don't fear law abiding citizens," Damron said.
"I feel safe in our state Capitol and I don't see any reason to change any rules or regulations at this point," Gov. Steve Beshear said.
The Arizona shootings haven't changed Beshear's mind about guns in the Capitol or Fishback's opinion.
"If I had been there, that gentleman wouldn't have got off more than one or two shots," Fishback said. "And since it is my right, I'm going to be very open and carry it from now on, until they change the law."
I know that is a lie, because it is legal in New Hampshire, and may be in other states as well.
In other words, the liberals want only criminals to have guns in the state Capitol.
The lawmaker in Tennessee may not have known that the new Republican majority in New Hampshire just revoked the ban put in place about 18 months ago by, you guessed it, the Democrats. It seems that the Democratic reps were uncomfortable with a tradition going back in history that people could enter the State House carrying their firearms.
Make that Kentucky...fingers moving faster than brain.
Steve Beshear is KY’s Democratic Governor.
They think differently in the Bluegrass State from the rest of the country.
They have never had problems with guns carried into the statehouse.
Beshear is also up for re-election this year.
These people have no clue that the American people are the sovereign, do they? They think they are the ruling class, tell us little low-brows what to do and how to live our lives. They should live in fear of an armed citizenry. And yes I stand by that in light of AZ.
Ky 2A pingy thing...
...for those interested. :D
Guns in the capital are OK, but a little less than half an hour South East, you still can’t carry at UK’s campus. Ridiculous! Gun free zones do not equate to crime free zones.
“The lawmaker in Tennessee may not have known that the new Republican majority in New Hampshire just revoked the ban put in place about 18 months ago by, you guessed it, the Democrats. It seems that the Democratic reps were uncomfortable with a tradition going back in history that people could enter the State House carrying their firearms.”
The Minnesota legislature also allows people to carry guns in its chambers, but they have to notify the legislature in advance.
Knowing the current "Governor", this may be getting changed soon, although I hope not. I think it is a good reminder to those sitting in Congress that there are limits on their power.
BTW... It isn't the Legislature that requires notification, it the State Patrol Security for the Capitol, or whoever is in charge of security in whatever government building you are visiting with your sidearm on you.
I much appreciate your clarification. I am not certain about the Arizona legislature. I know that at a minimum, they have to check (as in hat check) your gun for you at State government buildings in Arizona.
This could most easily be countered by more folks, who work in those buildings, stepping up and exercising their 2A Rights.
All of this silly MSM hyperventilating over the issue, not too mention Legislators and litigators having a War-gasm over it, is disgustingly stupid.
We now have the Boston Globe on record stating that guns may be carried in seven state capitols. Here is the link: