Kentucky's top cop says he favors gun registration and assault weapons ban

02/06/2013 03:18 PM

Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer told Pure Politics he is in favor of more stringent checks and balances on gun owners and limits on the purchase of assault weapons and high capacity clips.

Brewer made the comments about guns — his first extensive public remarks about the subject — during an interview with Pure Politics last week. (Watch the interview about gun control below.)

His comments come as several Democratic lawmakers, Sen. Kathy Stein of Lexington and Reps. Jim Wayne and Mary Lou Marzian of Louisville, prepare to unveil a bill, which Wayne said will feature the provisions Brewer mentioned. Wayne wouldn’t reveal details of the bill before a news conference planned for Thursday at 10:30 a.m. in the Capitol.

The State Police Commissioner said the number one push should be to set up a gun registry system across the United States.

“I find it odd in today’s society that we have more regulations, more taxation and more governmental influence in the purchase of an automobile than we do a gun,” he said. “I think there simply needs to be a uniform background check on all gun purchases…”

Brewer said that he supports Americans’ Second Amendment rights, but that there were limits. And he said he saw no reason that people should have access to certain guns.

“I think assault weapons should be banned, and I think they only ought to be used for military and law enforcement purposes,” Brewer told Pure Politics. “As far as extended clips or extended magazines – the only problem I foresee down the road with that is – I think whatever the manufacturer came out with for that particular gun is what the legal capacity should be.”

Watch the full interview with Brewer to see what he thinks needs to be done to keep schools safer in light of recent shootings:

About Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics, the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like the connection between the high profile Steubenville, Ohio rape and a Kentucky hacker whose push for further investigation could put him in federal prison. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickStorm_cn2. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or



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