Handgun Shooting Basics For Women In Kentucky

Women And Handgun Shooting Kentucky KY

Woman Shotgun ShooterShooting is most definitely a thrilling hobby, as well as a means of protecting oneself. There is an extraordinary adrenaline rush, and a sense of pride, and then you do it over again. It’s incredibly exciting. It’s important that women become comfortable using firearms in Kentucky, since guns are some of the best means of protecting themselves against intruders and attackers. One of the best ways to go about turning shooting into a hobby, rather than something strictly for self-defense is to learn about recreational shooting activities in Kentucky, There is Practical Shooting; IDPA shooting that simulates self-defense and real life style encounters.

There is Shotgun competitions, Then there is the extremely exciting sport of 3 – Gun Shooting where your shoot a sporting rifle usually built on an AR – platform, a Shotgun, and an semi-auto pistol. There are also; Action, Silhouette, and Precision shooting competitions. If this is not enough there are also several very specific types of shooting competitions where just Rifles and Shotguns are used. 

New Women Shooters; Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun: What’s the Difference In Kentucky?

Julie, Top Woman CompetitorIt can be a bit confusing to keep these terms separate, especially when you’re in conversation with a gun expert in Kentucky who just prattles on and on! When you’re trying to figure out which type of firearm would work best for your home and/or personal self-defense, it’s important to be able to make an informed decision. Here’s a quick run-down to help you out:

A handgun is a firearm designed to be handheld, in either one or both hands. This can be a Pistol (Semi-auto) or a revolver. Handguns are much more suited to home and especially for personal defense. This is what you would carry around during your daily activities if you get a concealed carry permit in Kentucky. The barrel is much shorter than both a rifle and shotgun, as it’s designed to be held with one or both hands, rather than placed against your shoulder. Most pistol barrels are grooved in a similar manner to that of rifles.

Rifles and Shotguns for New Women Shooters In Kentucky

A rifle is a firearm designed to be fired from the shoulder, A rifle barrel is long and has thick walls with spiral grooves cut into the bore. This grooved pattern is referred to as “rifling”. This is one of the best guns for shooting recreationally. With the proper training in Kentucky and choice of a rifle such as one on an AR – Platform it can be used for both sport and home defense. Rifles are very versatile and it is highly recommended that any woman wanting to learn to shoot a handgun should seriously consider adding a rifle into her training program.

A shotgun (also known as a scattergun and pepper gun,) is a firearm that is usually designed to be fired from the shoulder, which uses the energy of a fixed shell to fire a number of small spherical pellets called shot, or a solid projectile called a slug. The shotgun barrel is long and made of thin steel that is smooth on the inside to allow the shot to glide down the barrel without friction since it doesn’t have to withstand quite as much pressure. It’s similar to that of a rifle barrel. This is good for home defense in Kentucky, but be careful of your surroundings. Often, the sound alone of a shotgun “Racking” is formidable enough to make an intruder think twice.

This page outlines just the very basics of the types of firearms in Kentucky that may be best suited for you. Happy shooting!

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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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