Lawmakers ask Beshear to distance administration from police commissioner's gun comments

02/12/2013 03:44 PM

More than 50 state lawmakers sent Gov. Steve Beshear a letter Tuesday asking him to clarify that Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer wasn’t speaking for the administration when he told Pure Politics he favors certain gun control measures.

Brewer said in the interview that he would support a ban on assault weapons and a national gun registry.

The 42 of the 44 House Republicans and 11 Democrats requested in a three-paragraph letter that Beshear “make it clear that Commissioner Brewer was not speaking on behalf of the entire executive branch” and to ask Brewer not to do it again. The lawmakers said Brewer “should not have made such comments while clearly acting in his official capacity.”

“While he is entitled to his own personal opinions, making such statements while in uniform blurs the line between the executive and legislative branches of Kentucky’s government,” the letter said. Click to read it: Letter to Governor on KSP.pdf

Brewer, though, also testified earlier this week in his uniform about his concerns with legislation that would set up a framework to regulate industrial hemp.

Beshear told Pure Politics on Friday that Brewer “brought up some legitimate issues” about guns.

Eleven Democrats, mostly from rural areas signed the letter: Reps. Johnny Bell of Glasgow; Robert Damron of Nicholasville; John Short of Hindman; Jim Gooch of Providence; Hubie Collins of Wittensville; Richard Henderson of Jeffersonville; Leslie Combs of Pikeville; Will Coursey of Benton; Fitz Steele of Hazard; W. Keith Hall of Phelps and Gerald Watkins of Paducah.

Two Republicans from urban areas did not sign: Reps. Robert Benvenuti of Lexington and Addia Wuchner of Florence.

About Ryan Alessi

Ryan Alessi joined cn|2 in May 2010 as senior managing editor and host of Pure Politics. He is now pursuing an advanced degree in non-fiction writing from Murray State University and is a regular contributor to Pure Politics. Ryan has covered politics for more than 14 years, including seven years as a reporter for the Lexington Herald-Leader. Ryan can be reached at purepolitics@twcable.com or @mycn2 on Twitter.

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