boomer92266 wrote:i was just in the city park today in tompkinsville(monroe county), and noticed that the park rules posted on a big sighn as i entered. the bottem rule said no firearms allowed in city park. i went back to talk to the sherrif( the same guy i talked to abouthow muchmy c.c.p. would cost and he said just open carry till i could afford the permit,its legal in more places than conceal carry) great guy. well he was gone and a deputy was there, now the deputy was nice and said the city council at city hall passes park rules. he said he knows the constitution says i can carry and that cities can't pass laws that go against that but he didn't know about a park. he said call the sheriff tomorrow and ask him. its just a city park and its a public area, can i carry open in there? i would like to know from ya'll as its my first time going to a park open carrying. thanks for any help.
This exact problem has been addressed many times. KRS 65.870 prohibits local governments from entering the field of gun control. KY Attorney General's opinion 96-39 covers concealed carry in Owensboro's parks. These signs are contrary to KY state law. I had the same problem in my county. After I met with the Mayor, Chief of Police, and Park Board the signs came down. Scott county residents went through the same thing. They will try to bluff you down.
Learn the law and court rulings and stick to it. They can't win. The members here can help you. Do a google search for KRS 65.870, go to the KY Attorney General's web page and read opinion 96-39, search for and read Holland v. Commonwealth. Print them out and take them to your Mayor and City Attorney. Let us know what happens. Good luck.