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Fischer Backs President Obama's Gun Control Measures, but State Law Hampers City Efforts
wfpl.org ^ | January 24, 2013 | Phillip M. Bailey

Posted on 01/24/2013 6:50:56 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer says President Obama's proposal for gun control laws are rational and that he'd like to see new legislation passed.

But those comments are in stark contrast to a state law that is forcing changes to the city's definition of deadly weapons and now allow firearms to be carried in city-owned buildings.

The mayor was in attendance for President Obama’s recent speech on gun control measures, but avoided direct support of any specific provisions. Last year, Louisville saw a 28 percent increase in homicides and the bulk of those were committed with handguns.

Speaking at the Kentucky African-American Heritage Center after his State of the City address on Thursday, Fischer said he supports stricter background checks and additional controls on assault weapons and armor-piercing bullets.

"We’ve got to put our police out on the street. Chief (Steve) Conrad and his team, and it is not right for criminals to have armor piercing bullets that outgun us on the street. I mean that’s a basic thing we should all be for," he says.

But a state law passed last year forbids the Metro Council from enacting tougher gun laws, and the amendment was approved by the council on a 18-to-4 vote Thursday evening.

Under the new state provisions that take effect his month, residents are now allowed to openly carry a firearm in any city-owned building including the Louisville Zoo, libraries, parks, City Hall and mayor's office.

The ordinance still classifies weapons such as knives, ninja stars, nunchuck karate sticks and brass knuckles as deadly, and a Fischer spokesman told The Courier-Journal those weapons will not be allowed in city facilities or buildings.

"The gun lobby is very strong in this country and it is very strong in this state. We in Louisville are preempted from even enacting any ordinances against guns because of what's been passed at the state level," Fischer told audience members. "People can walk in Metro Hall (Mayor's Office) downtown or the old City Hall where the Metro Council is—with their guns. And they can walk into a meeting with any of us in the chambers and have their guns. I personally don't think that creates a safe environment, but we can't do anything about it."

During his speech, Fischer said the city also wants to reduce violent offenses such as assault, rape and homicide by three each year.

On the national stage, Democrats unveiled a bill to ban assault weapons, but that faces an "uphill battle" in Congress.


TOPICS: US: Kentucky
KEYWORDS: banglist; guncontrol; secondamendment

1 posted on 01/24/2013 6:51:01 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe

What percentage of the murders were gang whacks on each other?


2 posted on 01/24/2013 6:55:46 PM PST by old curmudgeon
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To: Tailgunner Joe

“Fischer said the city also wants to reduce violent offenses such as assault, rape and homicide by three each year.”

How many years will it take at that rate to eradicate these violent offenses?
I suspect that if all women were armed assault and rape woud decrease.


3 posted on 01/24/2013 7:43:18 PM PST by duffee (No poll tax, no tax on firearms, ammunition or gun safes.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

I have a feeling that a lot of these politicians advocating for the diminishing of our rights will be out of job when their term is up, constituents tend to have long memories when they get screwed over.


4 posted on 01/24/2013 7:47:38 PM PST by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: old curmudgeon

Speaking at the Kentucky African-American Heritage Center after his State of the City address on Thursday, Fischer said he supports stricter background checks and additional controls on assault weapons and armor-piercing bullets.

I live thirty minutes from Louisville and I can tell you Mayor Fischer was standing in the center of the citys murder zone when he made these comments. Speaking at the Kentucky African-American Heritage Center. This building is the former L&N Railroad station in Louisville’s West End. Every night when I watch the local news they open with breaking news about another murder and 98% of them are within a mile of where he made these comments. All of them black on black and drug connected killings and most with stolen weapons. None with assault weapons and armor-piercing bullets. New gun laws wont stop a single one of these murders. What the crime and violence ridden West End of Louisville needs like many other inner city areas is more ammo. And what Louisville needs is a new Mayor.


5 posted on 01/24/2013 9:59:32 PM PST by cquiggy
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Every liberal city needs to be surrounded by counties with elected, pro-2nd amendment constitutional sheriffs who have the capability to muster and call up a division-size auxiliary deputy force for “emergencies.”
The liberal disease must be contained in patriot blue states.


6 posted on 01/25/2013 6:33:46 AM PST by sergeantdave (The FBI has declared war on the Marine Corps)
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