Ft. Thomas Council member Ken Bowman plans to present a resolution to other council members that would urge state legislators to require a three-day waiting period for a purchase of a firearm in the State of Kentucky.
The resolution stems from an act of violence that rocked the Ft. Thomas community back in August, when DJ Mathis purchased a handgun just one day before he used it to shoot his estranged wife Alisha Waters. He then turned the gun on himself.
Surveillance video from the gun store Triggers in Florence reveals it only took Mathis 25 minutes to get a gun following a background check.
Bowman has a problem with that and now wants gun laws to change.
"In my mind, I've always been of the opinion that anybody that needs a gun should be able to wait three days. I don't think that is too much to ask and have a little cooling off period," said Bowman.
Bowman says that three day waiting period may have prevented Mathis' actions on August 6th.
"I can't speak to all of the details of that case, but common sense would dictate you buy it in the afternoon, then use it the morning, a couple days would have made a difference," said Bowman.
Bowman has been on Ft. Thomas City Council for ten months, and now he's asking his fellow council members to get on board with the resolution. However, not everyone is on board like Council member Tom Lampe.
"He's focusing on one incident. And while it was tragic, these three-day waiting periods tend to cater toward the criminal where they might have a negative effect for a citizen that needs a gun for personal protection," said Lampe.
Bowman says you have to start somewhere.
"It will be my hope that other cities see that we did it here, and they draft similar resolutions and it may have a snowball effect, and then we have the big voice in Frankfort," said Bowman.
Bowman will present his resolution at a council meeting on October 7. Lampe says he plans to vote 'no' on the resolution.
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