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Thread: Open carry in Ashland Ky. Central Park. Legal? City doesn't think so.

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    The City has signs posted at Central Park no firearms allowed. Well I emailed the City Attorney,Police Chief,Park Manager, and City Manager and informed them that the sign was illegal due to the fact the City cannot pass a law that supersedes the Ky. Constitution. So i sent them this email.
    Just waiting on there response. It should be interesting.


    Is open carry legal in Ashland Central Park? There are signs posted that states Firearms Prohibited at the park entrance. As per
    KRS 65.870
    Office of the Attorney General 96 - 39
    "A county may not ban or regulate the open or concealed carry of firearms in
    public parks it controls, except a fiscal court may by ordinance prohibit or limit
    the carrying of concealed firearms in the buildings, or portions of buildings, the
    county controls located in such parks."

    These illegal signs should be corrected.

    Thank You


    KRS 65.870

    Local
    The state of Kentucky has a preemption law which prohibits counties or
    municipalities from creating more restrictive gun laws than those created by the
    state.
    KRS 65.870 Local firearms control ordinances prohibited.
    No city, county or urban-county government may occupy any part of the field of
    regulation of the transfer, ownership, possession, carrying or transportation of
    firearms, ammunition, or components of firearms or combination thereof.
    Effective: July 13, 1984
    History: Created 1984 Kentucky Acts ch. 42, sec. 1, effective July 13, 1984
    The only exception to Kentucky's preemption law is KRS 237.115, which does allow
    local governments to restrict the carry of concealed deadly weapons in the
    buildings owned or leased by the local government (other than residences, highway
    rest areas, and shooting ranges). The statute further states that while the carry
    of deadly weapons can be prohibited in these few government owned or leased areas,
    unless a federal or Kentucky state law is violated, there can be no additional
    criminal penalties enforced.
    Created October 1, 1996. Amended March 31, 2005.
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    Excellent job!

    Please keep us posted on the reply.

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    Here is the response email I received from the Ashland Police Chief Ratliff chiefratliff@ashlandkypd.com


    The following is the information you requested: 96.25 BEARING FIREARMS PROHIBITED
    No person shall bear a firearm or other deadly weapon in any city park except a law enforcement officer or a party so authorized by the Board of Commissioners.
    (Ord. 118-2000, passed 9-7-00; Am. Ord. 79-2004, passed 6-24-04) Penalty, see §96.99

    Your concerns will be forwarded to the City’s legal department for review.

    Thanks,



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    Here are some Email Address if anyone wants to send them a line or two.

    Mayor
    Tom Kelley
    P.O. Box 1839
    Ashland, KY 41105-1839
    Work # 606-327-2001
    Fax # 606-327-2055

    City Manager
    Stephen Corbitt
    P.O. Box 1839
    Ashland, KY 41101-1839
    Work # 606-327-2002
    Fax # 606-327-2055


    Police Chief
    Robert W. Ratliff
    P.O. Box 1864
    Ashland, KY 41105-1864
    Work # 606-327-2077
    Fax # 606-324-5500

    City Attorney
    Richard W. Martin
    P.O. Box 1839
    Ashland, KY 41105-1839
    Work # 606-327-2004
    Fax # 606-327-2055


    Thanks, Your help is much appreciated.

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    Crump1968 wrote:
    Here are some Email Address if anyone wants to send them a line or two.

    Mayor
    Tom Kelley
    P.O. Box 1839
    Ashland, KY 41105-1839
    Work # 606-327-2001
    Fax # 606-327-2055

    City Manager
    Stephen Corbitt
    P.O. Box 1839
    Ashland, KY 41101-1839
    Work # 606-327-2002
    Fax # 606-327-2055


    Police Chief
    Robert W. Ratliff
    P.O. Box 1864
    Ashland, KY 41105-1864
    Work # 606-327-2077
    Fax # 606-324-5500

    City Attorney
    Richard W. Martin
    P.O. Box 1839
    Ashland, KY 41105-1839
    Work # 606-327-2004
    Fax # 606-327-2055


    Thanks, Your help is much appreciated.
    I see snail mail, phone#, and fax#, but no email address.
    If you do not test yourself every single day,
    then it is just another wasted day.
    --Semper Fi--

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    Still no response from:
    Mayor
    Tom Kelley
    P.O. Box 1839
    Ashland, KY 41105-1839
    Work # 606-327-2001
    Fax # 606-327-2055

    City Manager
    Stephen Corbitt
    P.O. Box 1839
    Ashland, KY 41101-1839
    Work # 606-327-2002
    Fax # 606-327-2055
    scorbitt@ashlandky.org

    City Attorney
    Richard W. Martin
    P.O. Box 1839
    Ashland, KY 41105-1839
    Work # 606-327-2004
    Fax # 606-327-2055

    Guess they're going to try and just let this Illegal law stand?

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