Firearm Regulation Deadline is January 12
Firearm Regulation Deadline is January 12: Is Your City in Compliance?
As of January 12, 2013, every city needs to be in compliance with the requirements of House Bill 500 regarding firearm regulation, passed in the 2012 general legislative session. The bill made the following changes to KRS 65.870:
- In addition to prohibiting regulation of the transfer, ownership, possession, carrying or transportation of firearms, ammunition, or firearm components, the statute was expanded to also prohibit regulation of the manufacture, sale, purchase, taxation and storage of firearms or their components. Any existing or future executive or legislative action in the prohibited areas is declared void and unenforceable.
- In addition to applying to cities, counties, and urban county governments, the statute was expanded to include consolidated local governments and all local government agencies, including special districts, government boards and commissions, and quasi-public agencies such as airport boards, transit authorities and housing authorities.
- The legislature set a deadline of January 12, 2013 for local governments and their agencies to repeal or amend any ordinances or regulations that did not comply with the statute.
- Any organization or person that is adversely affected by an ordinance or action that violates HB 500 may file suit to enjoin the violation.
- Any public servant who violates the provisions of HB 500 is subject to prosecution for official misconduct.
HB 500 does NOT affect laws that carve out exceptions to the prohibition against local gun control, such as KRS 237.115 allowing a city to ban concealed deadly weapons from its buildings or portions of its buildings if visible signs are posted at the entrance.
For more information about HB 500 or gun control laws, please contact the KLC Member Legal Services Department at 800.876.4552.