Senate Democratic Floor Leader Ray S. Jones II, D-Pikeville, today filed a Senate joint resolution urging the Governor of Virginia and the Virginia Attorney General to restore reciprocal recognition of concealed carry weapons licenses from Kentucky.
The legislation is the result of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s recent decision to cease recognition of concealed deadly weapon licenses from Kentucky and 24 other states.
“The right to self-defense and defense of others from imminent deadly threats is the most fundamental of human rights,” Jones said. “It is important that Americans have the right to protect themselves, their family and friends.”
The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution provides that “the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”
There is no evidence that suspending the concealed weapons reciprocity agreement between Kentucky and Virginia would reduce crime or increase public safety, Senate Joint Resolution 36 states.
“It should be the right of all Kentuckians to protect themselves and family as they travel through the Commonwealth of Virginia,” Jones added. “Kentuckians shouldn’t lose their rights as they travel through Virginia just as Virginians should not lose their rights as they travel through Kentucky.”
SJR 36 will be considered during the 2016 legislative session. If the joint resolution gains approval in the Senate, it will move to the House of Representatives for further consideration. Senate Republican Floor Leader Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, is the primary co-sponsor.