Kentucky lawmakers promote gun safety legislation

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Three Kentucky lawmakers are crafting legislation that would allow family members and others to petition authorities to keep guns away from people deemed a threat.

The lawmakers say the goal is to protect Kentuckians from gun violence while protecting due-process rights. Promoting the proposal on Thursday were Republican Sens. Julie Raque Adams and Paul Hornback and Democratic Sen. Morgan McGarvey.

They say work has been under way on the proposal for more than a year.

Their press conference comes days after mass shootings in Texas and Ohio left 31 people dead. They’re still working on a version that will be ready in time for next year’s legislative session.

At least 17 states have “red flag” laws to take guns away from people believed to be dangers to themselves or others.

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(This story was originally published on August 8, 2019)

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