Mayor Greg Fischer backs giving Kentucky cities the power to pass gun laws
A surge in gun violence has Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer looking for answers.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It seems to be an endless cycle in Louisville: police at a murder scene, followed by vigils and peace walks and more gunfire.
The surge in gun violence has Mayor Greg Fischer looking anywhere for answers, including Frankfort.
“I think we should have local control on a lot of issues, and gun safety is one of those things,” Fischer told WDRB in an interview Thursday.
Fischer says he'll push for legislation allowing cities such as Louisville to pass their own gun control or gun safety laws.
“Basic things like a waiting period, background checks, trigger locks,” Fischer said.
But Rep. Phil Moffett (R-Louisville) is throwing cold water on the idea.
“Well, the difficulty he has with that idea is that it's unconstitutional in Kentucky,” Moffett said.
Moffett says the state constitution gives only the General Assembly the authority to pass gun laws. Changing that would require passage by two-thirds of both chambers and a statewide vote.
It's an idea Moffett says will go nowhere in Frankfort.
“I understand what the mayor wants to do. He wants to make things better, but the truth is gun control laws haven't made things better in other cities, and I'm not sure why he would want to do it here,” he said.
Fischer says he knows passing local option gun laws would be even tougher than his so-far stalled effort to pass a local option sales tax.
But with gun deaths at a record pace, Fischer says it's time to talk about it.
“Let's have a conversation about this. Let's look at the data. Let's look at the facts. Let's keep the Second Amendment strong, but let's do what we can do to avoid the loss of life in our community,” Fischer said.
As of now, no gun control or gun safety bills have been pre-filed for the 2017 General Assembly.
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