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Supporters of two Ky. gun bills rally in Frankfort

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Two bills aim to protect students at schools across the state.

A Second Amendment rally was held on Wednesday in the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort to raise awareness about two gun bills that lawmakers have yet to hear.

One is House Bill 221.

"It would mean that I no longer have to worry about my life and my livelihood every time I got to campus," said Ilya Chernyavskiy, the director for Kentucky Students for Concealed Carry.

The bill would allow anyone with a concealed carry permit to carry a weapon at a public school, or on the campus of a public university.

"It's an anti-terrorism bill, because we've seen too many instances of folks who have attacked innocent bystanders and civilians in gun-free zones and they are really soft targets," said Representative Tim Moore (R-Elizabethtown).

Representative Tim Moore says he's received plenty of support, but admits there has also been some concern from administrators at school districts.

The other gun bill at the center of this rally is House Bill 270, sponsored by Representative Jim DuPlessis.

It would allow schools to designate and train at least one teacher or staff person as a school marshal.

The gun would be locked away and the marshal would have access to it if something were to happen.

"I don't know how many school shootings we've had and after every school shooting, all we keep saying, we've got to do something, we've got to do something, we've got to do something. We need to do something now and we've got to quit waiting for something to get done and do it," said Representative Jim DuPlessis (R-Elizabethtown).

The bill does have some opposition.

The President of the Jefferson County Teacher's Association, Brent McKim, previously told WDRB, "The Association believes the solution to school violence is not putting guns into schools."

While both bills are still waiting to be called in Frankfort, supporters say they hope Wednesday's rally will lead to a discussion.

Neither bill has yet to be heard by a committee or even scheduled for a hearing.

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