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Recent Polling Found that Strong Majorities of Kentuckians Oppose Permitless and Campus Carry
FRANKFORT, Ky.– Everytown for Gun Safety and the Kentucky chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a part of Everytown for Gun Safety, today applauded the defeat of gun lobby priorities – permitless carry, K-12 carry and campus carry – in the Bluegrass State, as the state lawmakers closed their legislative session without advancing these dangerous policies. This marks a defeat for Senate Bill 257 and House Bill 531 – which would have allowed people to carry hidden, loaded handguns in public with no permit or training – and for HB 221, which would have forced colleges and universities to allow guns on campus and allowed guns in K-12 schools.
Recent polling conducted for the Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund earlier this year found that 84 percent of Kentuckians oppose allowing people to carry hidden, loaded guns in public without a permit or any training. What’s more, 61 percent of likely voters oppose allowing college students to bring a concealed handgun to class.
STATEMENT FROM CONNIE COARTNEY, VOLUNTEER WITH THE KENTUCKY CHAPTER OF MOMS DEMAND ACTION:
“Overwhelming majorities of Kentuckians do not want to dismantle our strong public safety standards about who can carry a concealed handgun in public. And it is just common sense that guns do not belong on college campuses or in our K-12 schools – young people should be mastering reading and biology, not learning how to duck and cover. As a mom and a proud Kentuckian, I am gratified that these dangerous gun lobby priorities have failed. Our state is safer as a result.”
Did you know?
The U.S. gun homicide rate is 25 times higher than that of other high-income countries.
Grinshteyn, E. and Hemenway, D. “Violent Death Rates in the US Compared to Those of the Other High-income Countries, 2015.” Preventive Medicine. (2019). https://bit.ly/3kyfsSs