As the COVID-19 crisis continues unabated, it has become increasingly clear that our first responders, especially our police, are playing a critical role. Typically charged with keeping public order, investigating acts of crime, and enforcing traffic laws, police across the country are now being asked to enforce social distancing mandates, including limiting or dispersing crowds, protecting hospitals and healthcare resources, and in some states flagging citizens entering or l
Today Kentucky becomes one of 15 states that do not require a permit to carry a concealed firearm. The new law does not change where individuals can carry weapons, and with a small exception for certain misdemeanor convictions, does not change who can lawfully possess a firearm. In fact, Kentuckians could already “open carry” – that is, carry a weapon in plain sight, without a permit. Permit-less Carry States are among the safest states in the country According to U.S. News &
With the bipartisan rejection of an insurance tax hike, Louisville Metro Government must redirect $35 million to pension obligations for the FY20 budget. Because Metro Council rightfully declined to raise taxes, Louisville Metro Police Department Chief Steve Conrad has said LMPD will respond by cutting three recruiting classes and ending ShotSpotter. “We will see bleeding, and unfortunately, it's not figurative," Conrad said. He went on to say that “The things that I guess I'
Since first introduced in 1997 by preeminent gun researcher John Lott and Professor David Mustard, the idea “more guns, less crime” has caused a great deal of academic debate. The research falls primarily into two camps, those who believe that increases in privately carried handguns decrease murder rates and violent crime, and those who believe there is no relationship or insufficient data to draw and conclusion between the number of firearms carried and violent crime or homi
In 2015, the US experienced a 3.9% increase in violent crime nation-wide, and while national data isn’t yet available for all of 2016, the FBI’s mid-year report indicates that violent crime was up 5.3% from the first half of 2015. According to a New York Magazine from a late last year, "The murder rate in the United States rose by 10 percent last year, while the total number of murders increased by nearly 11 percent — the highest single-year increase since 1971." In contrast,