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Moms demand gun ban in Ky. state buildings after lawmaker's mistake

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A Louisville city ordinance banning guns from the library, Louisville Zoo and Metro Hall is off the books after a Ky. state amendment passed in 2013. A Louisville city ordinance banning guns from the library, Louisville Zoo and Metro Hall is off the books after a Ky. state amendment passed in 2013.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A group of Kentucky mothers is calling for guns to be banned in all state buildings.  The push comes in light of a loosened law and a big mistake by a Kentucky state representative.

Tracey Goodlett is the spokesperson for the Kentucky Chapter of Moms Demand Gun Sense in America. A mother and grandmother, she runs a daycare out of her Lebanon Junction home.

"[Rep. Leslie Combs] has endangered lives and she needs to take responsibility," said Goodlett.

State Rep. Combs (D-94) accidentally fired her handgun inside her office in the Kentucky State Capitol Annex, Jan. 7. 

Goodlett's organization has since started a petition calling for Combs to resign and for Kentucky's legislature to change its laws.

"The accidental discharge by the legislator was unfortunate, but it really is not representative or indicative of the history we've had with firearms in the building," said Kentucky State Police Sgt. Michael Webb.

Kentucky's gun law was amended in 2013, essentially making it easier to carry guns openly into city or state-owned buildings.  Because of the amendment, the local ordinance in Louisville banning all weapons from the library, the Louisville Zoo and Metro Hall is now off the books.  

At the Kentucky State Capitol, visitors can openly carry licensed guns anywhere. Concealed weapons are restricted in the gallery and in committee conference rooms. 

Webb says there are few problems on a day-to-day basis.

"Historically there haven't been a lot issues with firearms in state buildings, especially the capitol," he explained.

Security guards say, despite the law, very few people choose to carry a gun into the capitol building or the annex.

But Goodlett says all it takes is one shot, one bullet to hurt or kill someone.

"I think that we need to really strengthen and work on gun reform here," said Goodlett.

Click here for the petition.

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