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23 total bills, 10 anti-gun bills,
6 pro-gun bills for this session
Proposed Kentucky Gun Laws

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note: Kentucky does not carry over legislation from session to session

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HB31

Title: AN ACT relating to firearms.

Description: Create a new section of KRS Chapter 527 to prohibit the unlawful storage of a firearm.

Last Action: posted in committee

Last Action Date: February 21, 2018

this is an pro-gun bill

HB36

Title: AN ACT relating to carrying concealed weapons.

Description: Create a new section of Chapter 237 to allow concealed deadly weapons to be carried without a license in same locations as concealed carry license holders may carry them; amend KRS 237.115 and 527.020 to conform.

Last Action: to Judiciary (H)

Last Action Date: January 2, 2018

this is an anti-gun bill

HR68

Title: Urge the General Assembly to give consolidated local governments the power to enact local legislation related to certain issues on firearms and ammunition governance.

Description: Urge the General Assembly to give consolidated local governments the power to enact local legislation related to certain issues on firearms and ammunition governance.

Last Action: to Local Government (H)

Last Action Date: January 17, 2018

this is an pro-gun bill

HR176

Title: Urge the board of education or board of trustees of a school to allow teachers and other school personnel to carry firearms for their own protection.

Description: Urge the board of education or board of trustees of a school to allow teachers and other school personnel to carry firearms for their own protection.

Last Action: to Education (H)

Last Action Date: February 22, 2018

this is an anti-gun bill

HB189

Title: AN ACT relating to the regulation of firearms and ammunition.

Description: Amend KRS 65.870 to permit a city of the first class or home rule class, county, urban-county government, charter county, consolidated local government, or unified local government to enact local legislation related to certain issues on firearms and ammunition governance.

Last Action: to Local Government (H)

Last Action Date: January 17, 2018

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HB209

Title: AN ACT relating to the possession of firearms by persons found to have committed hate crimes.

Description: Create a new Class D felony in KRS Chapter 527 to prohibit people convicted of a hate crime from possessing firearms.

Last Action: to Judiciary (H)

Last Action Date: January 19, 2018

this is an pro-gun bill

HB210

Title: AN ACT relating to public protection.

Description: Amend KRS 237.115 to allow persons with valid concealed deadly weapons licenses or temporary permits to carry concealed weapons on public postsecondary property and in buildings controlled by state and local government, except courtrooms and detention facilities; amend KRS 237.110 to allow persons with valid concealed deadly weapons licenses or temporary permits to carry concealed weapons in meetings of the General Assembly; make technical and conforming amendments.

Last Action: posted in committee

Last Action Date: February 8, 2018

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HB315

Title: AN ACT relating to concealed carry.

Description: Amend KRS 527.020 to include an attorney specified in KRS 15.100(2) in the list of persons who may carry a concealed deadly weapon at all times and in all locations throughout the Commonwealth if the attorney has a license.

Last Action: to Veterans, Military Affairs, & Public Protection (S)

Last Action Date: March 15, 2018

this is an anti-gun bill

HB387

Title: AN ACT relating to the regulation of firearms and ammunition by local governments.

Description: Create a new section of KRS Chapter 65 to allow consolidated local governments to regulate firearms and ammunition to reduce gun violence, except when state or federal law preemepts local governance; amend KRS 65.870 to conform.

Last Action: to Judiciary (H)

Last Action Date: February 20, 2018

this is an anti-gun bill

HB409

Title: AN ACT relating to firearms and firearms accessories and declaring an emergency.

Description: Create a new section of KRS Chapter 237 to prohibit the sale or transfer of bump stock devices, trigger cranks and other items designed to accelerate the rate of fire without turning a firearm into a fully automatic firearm; create penalties; provide for the destruction of the items after a conviction and any appeals. EMERGENCY.

Last Action: to Judiciary (H)

Last Action Date: February 22, 2018

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HB410

Title: AN ACT relating to a firearms offense registry.

Description: Create new sections of KRS Chapter 237 to create a publicly accessible database of offenders with convictions for deadly weapons offenses; create definitions; require the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet to establish and maintain the registry; require initial registration for certain offenders and require state and local programs and agencies to assist some offenders in registering; specify data to be collected and shared; require annual updates or whenever there is a change in the offender's registry information; establish five-year limit on registry; create Class B misdemeanor for knowingly violating registry provisions.

Last Action: to Judiciary (H)

Last Action Date: February 22, 2018

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HB411

Title: AN ACT relating to the destruction of firearms.

Description: Amend KRS 500.090 to require that confiscated firearms be kept for official use or destroyed rather than auctioned; amend KRS 237.090 to comply; amend KRS 150.120 to require Fish & Wildlife to keep confiscated firearms for official use or destroy them, rather than selling the firearms; amend KRS 95.435, 147A.002, 244.190, 376.275 to conform; repeal KRS 16.220 and 500.093 to conform.

Last Action: to Judiciary (H)

Last Action Date: February 22, 2018

this is an anti-gun bill

HB412

Title: AN ACT relating to lost or stolen firearms.

Description: Create a new section of Chapter 237 to mandate reporting of lost or stolen firearms within 72 hours of the time a person knew or should have known the firearm was missing; require certain information about the firearm to be furnished to the Department of Kentucky State Police; instruct the department to create a system for sharing the collected information about lost or stolen firearms; set penalties for failure to report; amend KRS 237.110 to disqualify people with a third violation for failing to report from holding a carry concealed deadly weapons license.

Last Action: to Judiciary (H)

Last Action Date: February 22, 2018

this is an anti-gun bill

HB498

Title: AN ACT relating to firearms.

Description: Create a new section of KRS Chapter 237 to define "assault weapon"; create a new section of KRS Chapter 527 to prohibit the possession of an assault weapon by a person under 21 years of age unless they are a member of the Armed Forces of the United States or a law enforcement officer; create penalties.

Last Action: to Judiciary (H)

Last Action Date: February 28, 2018

this is an anti-gun bill

HB502

Title: AN ACT relating to firearms and declaring an emergency.

Description: Create new sections of KRS Chapter 237 to specify definitions for "assault weapons," "large-capacity ammunition-feeding devices," "bump stocks," and "ammunition sellers"; require background checks for private firearms sales; require reporting to law enforcement of firearm and ammunition thefts and losses; require the safe storage of firearms; and to prohibit the manufacture, sale, or transfer of a bump stock; amend KRS 395.250 to require an estate's inventory to list each firearm; amend KRS 403.735 to require judges, when issuing an order of protection, to consider whether a person against whom the order is entered should be prohibited from possessing an firearm; amend KRS 504.030 to require judges in criminal cases where a person is found guilty by reason of insanity to demand the surrender of the defendant's firearms; amend KRS 506.080 to specify that the offense of facilitation includes assistance in providing firearms; amend KRS 508.020 to include physical injury to a minor by virtue of the intentional discharge of a firearm within the offense of assault in the second degree; create new sections of KRS Chapter 527 to create the offense of criminal purchase or disposal of a weapon and to prohibit the unlawful storage of a firearm; amend KRS 527.040 to require that the sentence for a felon in possession of a firearm run consecutively with any other felony sentence; amend KRS 527.070 to include colleges and universities within the existing ban on firearms in schools; amend KRS 532.030 to require the judge pronouncing a defendant guilty but mentally ill to demand the surrender of the person's firearms; create a new section of KRS Chapter 237 to require the State Police to promulgate administrative regulations relating to the licensing of persons to possess firearms and assault weapons, the registration of firearms and assault weapons, and the logging of firearms and ammunition sales effective January 1, 2019; repeal KRS 65.870; amend KRS 237.115 to conform; EMERGENCY.

Last Action: to Judiciary (H)

Last Action Date: February 28, 2018

this is an anti-gun bill

HB544

Title: AN ACT relating to extreme risk protective orders.

Description: Create new sections of KRS Chapter 237 to allow persons to petition in District Court for one-year extreme risk protective orders when the petitioner believes a respondent poses a significant danger of causing personal injury to themselves or others through owning, purchasing, possessing, or receiving a firearm or ammunition; establish procedures under which a temporary ex parte protective order could be issued; establish procedures for the filing, review, hearing, and possible extension of the petition; prescribe issuance and service procedures of a resulting protective order; establish procedures for the surrender, storage, and return of firearms and ammunition; establish penalties.

Last Action: to Judiciary (H)

Last Action Date: March 1, 2018

this is an pro-gun bill

HB554

Title: AN ACT relating to school safety and declaring an emergency.

Description: Establish a new section of KRS Chapter 158 to require that, at each school without a school resource or security officer, the local board shall implement an emergency response team; establish requirements for members of an emergency response team; require a local board of education to adopt policies and procedures for an emergency response team; provide some civil liability protections to the local board and emergency response team members; limit applicability of the section; establish a new section of KRS Chapter 16 to require the Department of Kentucky State Police to establish a process for certifying instructors in providing school safety training; establish minimum requirements of the process; require the department to develop curriculum and requirements for school safety certification trainings, which may be provided by certified trainers; require completion of a psychological suitability screening for certification applicants; allow certifications in school safety to be valid for one year; establish certification renewal requirements; allow the department to establish a fee for certifications; allow the department to promulgate administrative regulations; amend KRS 527.070 to include members of a school's emergency response team among these permitted to carry firearms on school grounds pursuant to the written policies and authorization of the local board of education; declare an EMERGENCY.

Last Action: posted in committee

Last Action Date: March 15, 2018

this is an anti-gun bill

HB602

Title: AN ACT relating to firearms and firearms accessories and declaring an emergency.

Description: Create a new section of KRS Chapter 237 to prohibit the sale or transfer of bump stock devices, trigger cranks, and other items designed to accelerate the rate of fire without turning a firearm into a fully automatic firearm; create penalties; provide for the destruction of the items after a conviction and any appeals; EMERGENCY.

Last Action: to Judiciary (H)

Last Action Date: March 1, 2018

this is an pro-gun bill

SB103

Title: AN ACT relating to school safety.

Description: Amend KRS 520.070 to include school marshals as persons exempt from the prohibition against possession of a firearm on school property if authorized by a local school board or governing body of a private or parochial school; create a new section of KRS Chapter 527 to allow for the appointment of a school marshal by a local school board or governing body of a private or parochial school; specify that a person authorized and appointed under this section is designated as a school marshal and enumerate restrictions on school marshal's powers; provide that persons certified to act as peace officers under KRS 15.380 are exempt from restrictions; establish requirements of eligibility for a school marshal's appointment; enumerate board's or governing bodies' responsibilities; require that schools designated as school marshal sites collaborate with the Kentucky State Police and local law enforcement on safety procedures prior to appointment of a school marshal; provide limits on liability for school boards or governing bodies that appoint school marshals; establish limits on the possession, transport, deposit, or carrying of firearms by a school marshal while on school property; limit liability for school marshals for acts or omissions undertaken pursuant to this section; provide that the school marshal is responsible for expenditures related to the purchase of a firearm, ammunition, or any other associated costs; allow that a local school board or governing body may pay compensation for expenses incurred undertaking school marshal's duties or appointment requirements; specify that otherwise lawful possession of a firearm as provided under KRS 527.070 or any other state or federal law is not restricted; exclude postsecondary or higher education institutions from coverage; require that any board of a local public school district or governing body of a private or parochial school that appoints a school marshal adopt guidelines to carry out school marshal's requirements.

Last Action: to Education (S)

Last Action Date: January 24, 2018

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SB162

Title: AN ACT relating to school safety.

Description: Create a new section of KRS Chapter 158 to allow school districts to implement a safety response program using less-than-lethal weapons; define "less-than-lethal ammunition" and "less-than-lethal weapon"; require school employees to be trained for participation in the program; require the Department of Kentucky State Police to provide or certify the training; establish requirements for the storage of less-than-lethal weapons on school property; create a new section of KRS Chapter 16 to require the Kentucky State Police to establish the less-than-lethal weapon training program and the approved list of less-than-lethal weapons; amend KRS 527.070 to allow a person to possess a weapon on school property as part of a school safety response program.

Last Action: to Education (S)

Last Action Date: February 16, 2018

this is an pro-gun bill

SR172

Title: Urge the board of education or board of trustees of a school to allow teachers and other school personnel to carry firearms for their own protection.

Description: Urge the board of education or board of trustees of a school to allow teachers and other school personnel to carry firearms for their own protection.

Last Action: recommitted to Veterans, Military Affairs, & Public Protection (S)

Last Action Date: March 22, 2018

this is an anti-gun bill

SB184

Title: AN ACT relating to firearm storage.

Description: Create a new section of KRS Chapter 527 to prohibit the unlawful storage of a firearm.

Last Action: to Judiciary (S)

Last Action Date: February 23, 2018

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SB210

Title: AN ACT relating to possession of a firearm by a felon.

Description: Amend KRS 527.040 to increase the penalties for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon when the feloncommits a crime outside of this section that involves a firearm and the person has a prior conviction under this section.

Last Action: signed by Governor (Acts, ch. 123)

Last Action Date: April 10, 2018

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