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Preemption issue raised in Louisville, Ky


I have family that I'm trying to entice into the shooting sports in Louisville, Ky.  That's why the news that the Louisville mayor and city council are trying to pass gun control laws over and above those allowed by the state's preemption law bothers me.  To be sure, the attempt is a fairly minor one; banning firearms from the audience of a fireworks display.  Yet the attitude is all wrong, and the precedent if this regulation is allowed to stand would provide the opportunity for much worse later on.  Here's the actual rule:
For safety reasons the following are not permitted in the event area, which goes south from the Ohio River to Main Street between Clay Street and 10th Street:

No Tents

No cans or bottles are allowed at the event site. Plastic bottles and food are permitted. There is also plenty of food and soft drink stands to take care of any needs you may have. Beer is available at the Chow Wagon at Waterfront Park and the Belvedere Beer Garden.

No alcoholic beverages are allowed.

No bikes, skateboards or skates are allowed in the event venue. You will be asked to walk them in for pedestrian safety.

No firearms are allowed.

Please leave any pets at home.

Due to increased security - all persons and parcels are subject to search.
The fact is, states have preemption laws so that each little region within the state cannot put citizens of the state in legal jeopardy for exercising their right to be armed.  After all, how many small towns or cities do you visit on a regular basis?  Just in my daily commute to work, I pass through two counties and three cities (one large, two small).  If you take into account where I go over the space of a week, you can add another one or two. 

If I had to check the local laws for each of those jurisdictions before doing anything relating to firearms, it would be a lot of time and trouble better spent doing other things.  More importantly, if I didn't actually check -- and found myself unknowingly violating some silly, pointless gun ban, even without doing anyone any harm -- it would have dramatic legal consequences.  Even just for driving through town on my way to a shooting range -- or believing that a concealed-carry permit or open-carry law (both available in Kentucky) would enable me to carry a firearm for self-defense while attending Louisville's fireworks display.

That's not right.

For that matter, what happened to the Fourth Amendment?
Due to increased security - all persons and parcels are subject to search.
Remember, this is a 15x3 block area of public space they are talking about. Granted, it will be crowded, but that doesn't negate the right of self-defense OR the Fourth Amendment.

This entry was published Thu Apr 16 09:26:55 CDT 2009 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2009-04-16 09:26:55.0. [Tweet]

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