Shotguns For Self And Home Defense In Kentucky

Shotguns For Self Defense Kentucky KY

In Kentucky there can be found approximately twenty (20) or more manufactures of Self-Defense shotguns, many made is the U.S. and others that are imported.

Within Kentucky the variety of Self-Defense shotguns for personal or home protections include manufacturers such as: Baikal, Benelli, Beretta, Blaser, Browning, CZ, Franchi, Harrington, Mossberg, Norinco, Perazzi, Remington, Ruger, Saiga, Savage, Stevens, Stoeger, Weatherby, Wilson Combat, and Winchester.

Some Sates Regulate The Number Of Shells A Shotgun Can Hold

In Kentucky and as in many states the number of rounds that a Self-Defense Shotgun can hold may be regulated ranging between 4 and 8 rounds. Some states even regulate the type of ammo that can be used for Self-Defense and hunting. 

Shotgun 4In Kentucky the two most recognizable U.S. made and iconic Self-Defense shotguns are the venerable Remington 870 and the Mossberg 500 pump action models. Over the years these two shotguns have evolved into different versions that have become highly special in their design and function for tactical and home defense roles.

In Kentucky there has been a lot of attention given to specialized sporting rifles for Self-Defense, yet you should take a “new” look at the Shotgun, if you have not looked in some time you will be impressed.

Kentucky’s state constitution states: “All men are by nature, free and equal, and have certain inherent and inalienable rights, among which may be reckoned: the right to bear arms in defense of themselves and of the state, subject to the power of the general assembly to enact laws to prevent persons from carrying concealed weapons.”

With 47.7% of Kentucky’s population being gun owners the state is considered one of the top five pro-gun states in the country. Kentucky's is a "shall-issue" state for CCW’s.  The law is written in such a way as to allow the carry of concealed "deadly weapons", not just handguns, and the permit is called a “Concealed Deadly Weapons License (CDWL).” The definition of a "deadly includes a wide array of weapons other than guns, including knives (certain types), clubs, blackjacks, nunchaku, shuriken, and brass knuckles (including knuckles made from other hard materials). All CDWLs are issued for 5 years. Kentucky is unique in the type of weapon that covered by their “CDWL” laws.

In support of the 2nd amendment Kentucky took preemptive action against expected anti-gun laws coming out of the US Congress, The state Senate in 2013 overwhelmingly passed a nullification bill that would prohibit Kentucky from enforcing new federal gun control laws if they’re enacted, despite concerns about the bill’s constitutionality. The vote was 34-3. Three of the Senate’s 14 Democrats voted no, stating that the measure would be trumped by the U.S. Constitution’s Supremacy Clause. Kentucky is not alone as several other states such as; Texas, Alaska, and Arizona have all signed into law very similar legislation.

The state was forced to amend the law in 2013 to more clearly define existing law, case in point;  The city of Louisville can no longer define a firearm as a "deadly weapon." That's the indirect result of a new state law in Kentucky that prevents local governments from regulating or enacting gun laws. The new state law does not mean guns aren't deadly weapons, it simply means it's the state's role to enact and implement any gun laws, not local governments, individuals or municipalities.

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As the nation debates restricting guns on all levels Kentucky as many states are starting to do, it has gone the other way, by now allowing guns in places where they’ve been banned for decades. One Kentucky state lawmaker, who opposed the new gun laws stated; “It will open up Kentucky to a new Wild West.”

Kentucky as well as eighteen other states have introduced bills under the Second Amendment Preservation Act, which is “a state-level bill that renders all federal gun laws, regulations, rules, acts, orders etc. – null and void within the borders of the state,” Although states are standing up for their individual rights many believe that these series of laws are for bluster and show only as once challenged in court will be struck down as unconstitutional, and no doubt the US Government (the current administration as of 2013) will at some point will challenge the states and seek a final ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Kentucky which known not only as a pro-gun state, it is also very well known for its true patriots. A perfect example of this is Kentucky Sheriff Denny Peyman who refused to enforce any new gun laws that he deemed unconstitutional and says that the Second Amendment is “like the Bible” because “you either believe it or you don’t.” Sheriff Peyman also said that he had a “moral obligation” to defy any new executive orders from President Barack Obama or laws passed by Congress if they restricted the Constitutional right to bear arms. The Sheriff added that; “I swore an oath to the Constitution and in the Constitution is the Second Amendment and that’s what this country is based upon. How can I rightfully in my own mind and in my heart come in and take guns away from people when that is their protection?”

President Barack Obama’s gun control speech in 2013 is being praised by his supporters as a bold step, but the White House acknowledges that sweeping reforms will require support from pro-gun areas like Kentucky in order to pass Congress. Based on Kentucky’s pro-gun history and understanding of the 2nd amendment coupled with recent legislation passed by the Kentucky legislature the administration in Washington has to know that the support they are seeking for their ideas of gun reform simply will not happen (Thanks Kentucky!)

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