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KHIP: More than half of Ky. adults have firearms in their home; many are loaded and/or unlocked

As death rates related to firearms increase around the country, and gun control is debated by local, state and federal policymakers, it can be helpful to understand current firearm ownership and storage. The 2019 Kentucky Health Issues Poll asked Kentucky adults about the presence of firearms in or around households, whether the weapons are stored in a locked location, and whether firearms are kept...

Governor Andy Beshear signs bill requiring Kentucky school resource officers to carry firearms

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Andy Beshear signed into law Friday the school safety bill that will require school resource officers to be armed. “Our children deserve to feel safe and be safe in their schools,” Beshear said of the bill that passed by the General Assembly earlier this month by overwhelming margins. Beshear acknowledged some people objected to the bill because of the armed SRO...

Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training graduates 25 law enforcement officers from Class 500

Twenty-five law enforcement officers from agencies across the state graduated Thursday from basic training at the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training. The graduates of Class 500 completed 20 weeks of training, which consisted of 800 hours of recruit-level instruction. Major training areas included law offenses and procedures, vehicle operations, firearms, investigations, first aid, CPR,...

Bill Straub: Welcome to Tombstone (aka Kentucky) where the right to bear arms is truly unlimited

On March 11, a gentleman named Larry Walters got into an argument, subject unknown, with another patron at Uncle 7’s Bourbon Bar & Grille, an establishment off Clays Mill Road in the southern part of Lexington, leading to a physical altercation. According to police, Walters took exception to the course of the disagreement and felt compelled to draw a firearm. The 69-year-old veteran began firing,...

DOCJT Class 487 completes basic training, graduates 29 law enforcement officers from across state

Twenty-nine law enforcement officers from agencies across the state graduated today from basic training at the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training. The graduates of Class 487 completed 23 weeks of training, which consisted of 923 hours of recruit-level instruction. Major training areas included homeland security, law offenses and procedures, vehicle operations, firearms, investigations,...

Drawing completed for elk hunting areas, hunters will be notified of results soon

  Those drawn for a 2014 Kentucky elk hunt can now go online here to see their assigned hunting area.   Kentucky’s popular quota elk hunts are carried out in two stages: initial selection then a second random drawing to determine the hunting area.   Kentucky has five hunting areas within its 16-county elk restoration zone in the southeastern part of the state. The Kentucky Department...

Keven Moore on Insurance: What you should know about gun ownership and insurance

As I sat comfortably in our family board room (converted living room office) last Saturday morning drinking coffee with my wife and discussing family issues and grateful to have survived the Mayan end of the world prediction, a text came in from my good buddy and Army veteran Mike Hall inviting me to attend the local gun show down at Heritage Hall in Rupp Arena. Within 25 minutes I was out the door...