A western Kentucky county and city are looking more closely at how the possession of firearms is regulated after a dispute with a man who had to give up his gun before a city commission meeting and who protested signs regulating guns at a park.

Officials in McCracken County and Paducah are reviewing what government entities are allowed to do with regards to firearms in public places.

The issue arose earlier this month, when Paducah resident Charley Pulley wrote a letter to the city about being told to take off his gun at a commission meeting. Mayor Bill Paxton told The Paducah Sun he found Pulley’s weapon intimidating and pledged to look into changing the city ordinance concerning firearms at public meetings and forums.

McCracken County Judge-Executive said the Fiscal Court will discuss carrying firearms in Carson Park during its Wednesday meeting.

Kentucky is one of 13 states in the country where state law pre-empts local ordinances and allows the open carrying of firearms on foot and in vehicles. This means that any law-abiding people 21 or over can carry a gun, uncovered, on their persons, or in the glove compartments or front dashes of their cars without a permit or license.

Pulley said he openly carries his gun everywhere for protection and self-defense, except when he’s at work or his mother-in-law’s house.

Source: The Associated Press

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