Lexington Mayor Seeks Input on Gun Violence

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Lexington city leaders are asking police how local government can help to reduce gun violence.  The issue came up for discussion at Tuesday’s council work session in reaction to the shooting death of Lexington Lafayette High School Sophomore Trinity Gay.  She died after being hit in an exchange of gunfire in a restaurant parking lot.  

Police Chief Mark Barnard says some of the best help could come from citizens who have information about those involved in violent crimes.

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Update Tuesday: Kentucky State Police have also charged Powers with trafficking marijuana and drug paraphernalia on Tuesday. He remains lodged in the Calloway County Jail.

A convicted felon in Murray is behind bars after Kentucky State Police found him in possession of 26 guns, a ‘substantial amount’ of ammunition, body armor and explosive paraphernalia. 

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Despite a flurry of attention after last month’s mass shooting in Orlando, Congress won’t likely pass gun control legislation before members leave for summer break, which starts next week and lasts until September.

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New Tennessee laws go into effect Friday. Consumers will be able to purchase wine in supermarkets. Public college and university professors and staff can arm themselves on campus. And drivers will be subject to strict penalties for texting on the road. 

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Over the past few days, top Republicans have given hints that they are considering some gun control measures in the wake of the mass-shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando. That’s a sea change for GOP leaders who have typically blocked any new restrictions on gun ownership, citing Second Amendment rights.

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Kentucky Democratic Senatorial candidate Jim Gray believes the U.S. congress should do more to keep guns out of the hands of terrorists. His statement comes following the nation’s worst mass shooting last weekend in Orlando. 

 Update June 14, 2016

A West Tennessee lawmaker is giving away not one — but two — military-style rifles in the wake of this weekend's shooting at a nightclub in Orlando.

State Rep. Andy Holt says he's trying to make a point that guns aren't to blame for the violence.


A bill allowing staff and faculty at Tennessee's public colleges and universities to be armed on campus has become law without Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's signature. 


College and university faculty and staff in Tennessee may soon be able to arm themselves with handguns on campuses. The Tennessee state Senate passed the measure Tuesday 28 to 5. 

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A plan to temporarily suspend gun permits of people in Illinois who show signs of being a danger to themselves or others is headed to the House floor.