Kentucky Second Amendment Sanctuary Counties Sweep Across The State

The threat of multiple gun control bills coming from the left side of the aisle in the Kentucky legislature has the citizenry scrambling for a means to protect their rights.

Published Sunday, December 22, 2019 6:30 pm
Gun Rights Watch article by Gun Rights Watch - Chief Editor

 Map of Kentucky Second Amendment Sanctuary Counties

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As with all states with ongoing Second Amendment Sanctuary movements in progress, we'll be monitoring this situation daily to find and post updates as they come. Please check back again for updated information.

The Current State of Gun Control Efforts In Kentucky

As if on cue by the examples set in Virginia, Illinois, and elsewhere, Kentucky gun owners have gotten busy in recent weeks preparing a slew of responsive Second Amendment Sanctuary resolutions aimed at preventing the erosion of their carry rights. Red flag laws, storage requirements, and magazine restrictions are all on the table as a new Democrat Governor steps into the executive mansion in Frankfort.

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A brief rundown of gun control bills pre-filed by the Democrats in the legislature reads like a routine laundry list of tired gun confiscation and oppression schemes:

  • BR 187: Deadly weapons, concealed carry without license, repeal
    1. The repeal of Constitutional Carry throughout the state of Kentucky.
  • BR 835: Domestic abuse convictions, domestic violence orders, firearms surrender, procedures
    1. The institution of new felonies for possession of a firearm by anyone ever convicted of any domestic abuse violation anywhere, regardless of seriousness.
    2. Creates a Red Flag law.
  • BR 354: Firearms, ammunition capacity, assault weapons, regulation of and possession of
    1. Bans standard-capacity magazines
    2. Creates a firearm registry for "assault weapons"
    3. Requires the owners of registered "assault weapons" to store the weapons in a manner which renders them inoperable
    4. Creates a weapons buyback program
  • BR 342: Firearms, comprehensive regulation of
    1. Defines "assault weapons"
    2. Mandates universal background checks
    3. Requires reporting to law enforcement of firearm and ammunition thefts and losses
    4. Require an estate's inventory to list each firearm owned by it
    5. Requires judges writing orders of protection to decide whether the against whom the order is entered should be prohibited from possessing a firearm
    6. Requires that the sentence for a felon in possession of a firearm be served subsequent to any other felony sentence
    7. Bans firearms in all colleges, universities, and other secondary learning facilities. Presumably, this would include police academies.
    8. Logs all firearm and ammunition sales with the state effective January 1, 2021
  • BR 282: Unlawful storage of a firearm, prohibition of
    1. Makes it a crime to allow access to an unsecured firearm by any minor under the age of 18. In other words, taking your teenager to the range to teach them firearm safety would be illegal.

Some Republican State Representatives have taken it upon themselves to reassure the people of Kentucky that these bills will never pass, but as we've seen in the past, these reassurances often simply lead to complacency by the voters. State Representative Savannah Maddox wrote on Facebook on December 22nd:

Good Afternoon,

In light of the recent onslaught of anti-gun legislation and discussions of Red Flag Laws in Kentucky and around the nation, I wanted to state my position as State Representative of the 61st House District (Grant County, and portions of Boone, Kenton, and Scott Counties).

I will vocally oppose BR 354, BR 342 and Red Flag Laws every step of the way, as well as ANY additional gun control legislation. I filed HB 327, Constitutional Carry, and carried the senate version (SB 150) to its passage in order to expand our ability to exercise our 2nd Amendment rights. I am confident that both the assault rifle ban and high capacity magazine ban will be dead on arrival in the upcoming session, but I am appreciative of everyone's efforts to be vigilant on this issue. It is imperative that Kentuckians make their voices heard loud and clear- that we will not stand for this gun-grabbing nonsense and will rally behind our constitutional right to keep and bear arms which shall not be infringed.

While we believe the good Senator, we're strongly suggesting that nobody in the state of Kentucky should be resting on their laurels. Fighting for your civil rights is never-ending, and those who shirk their responsibility to them suddenly find themselves in a situation like the good Virginians are now facing.

The New Kentucky Second Amendment Sanctuary Movement

Success in one state is often duplicated, and Kentucky should be no exception. The new movement in Kentucky isn't brought on by any lobbying groups, but by grassroots organizers picking up the ball and asking their neighbors to do their part. Dozens of counties now have motions set in place to thwart subversive anti-freedom opportunities before they can even begin.

Municipalities That Passed a Second Amendment Sanctuary Resolution:

Municipalities That Passed a Second Amendment Resolution Without Using The Word Sanctuary:
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  • Cumberland County - passed a Second Amendment resolution in 2013 that did not use the word sanctuary. The Judge Executive is working on passing a new resolution that does.
  • Estill County - passed a resolution December 30th; has another meeting scheduled for January 27th to refine and propose a better resolution

Municipalities Having a Hearing or Confirmed To Be Voting Soon:

Because we're at the end of the year and reporting is limited, many county websites do not have their 2020 schedules posted yet, so in some cases we aren't sure when the next county board meeting is

  • Spencer County - meeting, presenting, or voting on January 6th; no further info
  • Caldwell County - meeting and presenting, possibly voting on January 6th
  • Hopkins County - presenting on January 7th; voting on January 21st
  • Oldham County - meeting; resolution will be presented to the fiscal court on January 7th at 2:00 pm
  • Boyd County - meeting or voting on January 7th at noon and again at 6:30 pm
  • Anderson County - meeting, presenting, or voting on January 7th 9:00 am
  • Casey County - meeting, presenting, or voting on January 7th
  • Bracken County - voting January 8th at 10:00 am on the 2nd floor of the old courthouse
  • Russell County - meeting, presenting, or voting on January 9th
  • Hart County - meeting, presenting, or voting on January 9th; if there is no vote we're hearing that it will come on January 23rd
  • Menifee County - meeting/presenting in the Clark Energy building on January 11th at 1:00 pm
  • Logan County - meeting, presenting, or voting on January 11that 9:00 am at the Red River Meeting House; although we've also heard that they are meeting on January 14th at 9:00 am at the old courthouse upstairs 
  • Mercer County - voting on January 14th
  • Metcalf County - meeting on January 14th at 9:00 am
  • Ohio County - Ordinance will be presented on January 14th at 5:00 pm
  • Greenup County - meeting/vote January 14 at 9:30 am, Greenup County fiscal courtroom
  • Owen County - meeting on January 14th
  • Bell County - voting on January 14th at 11:00 am; the Sheriff has recently stated that he refuses to violate the 2nd Amendment
  • Meade County - presenting and voting is January 14th at 7:00 pm at the Brandenburg Courthouse; Sheriff is prepared to deputize thousands of citizens to prevent confiscations/prosecutions
  • Taylor County - voting at the Fiscal Court meeting January 14th at 5:00 pm at the old courthouse in the upstairs courtroom
  • Floyd County - voting on January 21st at 6:00 pm
  • Jessamine County - meeting and presenting, possibly voting on January 21st
  • Robertson County - meeting, presenting, or voting on January 27th at 9:00 am
  • Madison County - meeting on January 28th at 9:30 am
  • Henry County - All magistrates and the Sheriff are in agreement; will be voted on at the next meeting January 21st
  • Carlisle County - vote scheduled; no date available yet
  • Union County - the Judge Executive is writing and will be presenting at the next meeting; no date available yet
  • Christian County - meeting/vote coming; no date available yet

There are obviously many more meeting dates than we have listed here. If a meeting is not listed, it simply means that we don't have information yet about it. If you know of one, please email us at

Other Counties That Have Efforts To Get A Hearing Or Vote Soon:

  • Fleming County
  • Lawrence County
  • Elliot County
  • Morgan County
  • Johnson County
  • Pike County
  • Boone County
  • Grant County
  • Bracken County
  • Whitley County
  • McCreary County
  • Clinton County
  • Pulaski County
  • Rockcastle County
  • Jackson County
  • Owsley County
  • Clark County
  • Garrard County
  • Woodford County
  • Boyle County
  • Marion County
  • Carroll County
  • Trimble County
  • Shelby County
  • Bullitt County
  • Nelson County - Sheriff refuses to violate Constitution
  • Allen County
  • Simpson County
  • Butler County
  • Warren County
  • Barren County
  • Green County
  • Edmonson County
  • Grayson County
  • Hardin County
  • Breckinridge County
  • McLean County
  • Muhlenberg County
  • Webster County
  • Crittenden County
  • Livingston County
  • Graves County
  • Hickman County
  • Washington County
  • Harrison County
  • Powell County
  • Trigg County
  • Perry County
  • Marshall County
  • Laurel County - Sheriff John Root is firmly on board; presenting and voting is reported to be soon

Counties That Have Refused Efforts To Get A Hearing Or Vote Soon:

Map updates and list updates are not done at the same time, so any differences between them are most likely for that reason.

Special thanks to Kentucky patriot Courtney Griffieth from Kentucky United for her relentless hard work in tracking down much of this information.
Special thanks also go to Kimberly Clemens for her many important and useful updates.
Thanks also to our longtime GRW contributor Jeff Wittenborn for pointing us in the right direction.