Gun Control


Last week’s mass shooting at an Oregon community college has once again brought the topic of gun control to the forefront of U.S. politics. Oregon, like most states in our region, has relatively lax laws and doesn’t mandate background checks on private gun sales.


The fatal on-air shooting of two television journalists in Virginia on Wednesday was a common topic of conversation among Kentucky political leaders the next morning.

It's an hour before suppertime, and the line outside Lone Oak First Baptist Church in Paducah, Ky., is wrapped around the building. The people are waiting for more than a Bible sermon; there's a raffle tonight. Twenty-five guns are up for grabs.

There's nothing new about gun raffles in Kentucky, even at a church. Last year, there were 50 events like this one in the state. The Kentucky Baptist Convention says it's a surefire way to get new people through church doors.

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A Kentucky lawmaker accidentally discharged her firearm in her Capitol office.

Democratic Rep. Leslie Combs says in a statement that she accidentally fired her 380 Ruger semi-automatic pistol while attempting to unload it today. 


Illinois State Police has posted on its website a list of approved concealed carry firearms training curricula. The list has all skills required by the Illinois Firearm Concealed Carry Act.

It includes firearm safety; basic principles of marksmanship; care, cleaning, loading and unloading of a concealable firearm and transportation of a firearm.

An Illinois state senator wants to add churches to the list of places where concealed guns wouldn't be allowed in new state law.

Park Ridge Democrat Dan Kotowski said he doesn't agree with a provision in the state's new concealed-carry law that allows guns in churches, temples or mosques. He filed an amendment to the law Monday and said he'll push for its approval.

McConnell on proposed gun control bill

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U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell says a gun control proposal from New York Democrat Charles Schumer takes the wrong approach. The Kentucky Republican says Schumer wants to make it a federal crime, punishable by up to five years in prison, for a person not to report a lost or stolen gun within 24 hours. McConnell calls Schumer’s bill a “clear overreach” that will punish law-abiding friends, neighbors and families.

The Tennessee Firearms Association is again looking for a fight. The organization is unhappy with Republicans who passed a more restrictive guns-in-trunks bill than the TFA would have liked.


The Kentucky Senate is expected to vote on legislation focused on blocking any new federal gun control measures.  The measure is sponsored by Madison County Senator Jared Carpenter.

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Today on Sounds Good, we welcomed a panel of local representatives to speak about the issue of gun control from their respective areas of expertise. Our guests were Llena Chavis, licensed clinical social worker and a faculty member in Murray State's Department of Social Work; Dave Howe, Murray Police Department's Crime Prevention Sergeant; and Tracy McKinney, co-owner of First Choice Firearms in Murray. State Representative Mary Lou Marzian of Louisville was initially on the panel, but had to cancel to due to scheduling conflicts. Thank you to everyone who wrote to us or called in with questions.