Kentucky Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus hears Second Amendment issue at first meeting


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The Kentucky Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus held its first meeting of the 2016 Legislative Session this week in Frankfort. Pictured left to right are: Daniel Hall, NRA representative; Doug Ritter, Chairman of Knife Rights, Inc., Rep. Tommy Turner, R-Somerset; Senator Robin Webb, D-Grayson, and Todd Rathner, Knife Rights, Inc. Director of Legislative Affairs.

FRANKFORT – The Kentucky Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus held its first meeting of the 2016 Legislative Session this week in Frankfort. The caucus, co-chaired by Senator Robin Webb, D-Grayson, and Rep. Tommy Turner, R-Somerset, is composed of almost 100 legislators representing the interest of Kentucky’s hunters and anglers.

At Tuesday’s meeting, representatives from Knife Rights, Inc. — Chairman Doug Ritter and Director of Legislative Affairs Todd Rathner — talked about the need to strengthen Kentucky’s knife laws.

“One of our roles as a caucus is to protect our Second Amendment rights,” said Senator Webb. “Knife rights fall under the Second Amendment and some of us fear that those rights are at risk.”

Approximately 60 legislators and others interested in sportsmen issues, including Daniel Hall with the National Rifle Association and Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Greg Johnson, attended the bi-partisan meeting.

“I am honored to serve as co-chair of the Kentucky caucus, along with Rep. Turner,” said Senator Webb. “When I speak out in support of an issue – or Rep. Turner speaks in support of an issue – we are only one voice. As a caucus, we are many voices and we are able to spread our message farther. As a group, we are not only able to reach more people, but we can share ideas and work together to reach common goals.

“The caucus allows us to come together as sportsmen and women – not as Democrats or Republicans. We leave our political affiliations at the door so that we can focus on what is best for Kentucky’s sports enthusiasts,” added Webb.

“We, as sportsmen, must stand united now more than ever, as our rights to hunt and fish are constantly under attack,” Rep. Turner said. “I am honored to serve as co-chair with Senator Webb and look forward to what our caucus will accomplish.”

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