Louisville Mayor: Bank Shooter's Gun Is Headed Back to the Streets

Craig Greenberg says state law requires it to be turned over for police to auction
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 12, 2023 12:20 AM CDT
Louisville Mayor: Rifle Used in Bank Shooting Will End Up Back on Streets
Louisville Mayor Craig Greenberg speaks during a news conference on Monday's bank shooting at Metro Hall in Louisville, Ky., Tuesday, April 11, 2023. A shooting at the Old National Bank in downtown Louisville killed five people and wounded others.   (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Under Kentucky state law, authorities cannot destroy the assault-style rifle used to kill five people at a Louisville bank and injure eight others, two of them critically, Louisville Mayor Craig Greenberg said Tuesday. Weapons confiscated by police must be sent to state police officials to sell at auction, the Guardian reports. "Think about that,” said an emotional Greenberg, who, like Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear, lost a friend in the Monday bank shooting. “That murder weapon will be back on the streets one day under Kentucky’s current law." He issued a plea for Kentucky's GOP-controlled state legislature to allow local municipalities to make their own decisions about gun laws.

"Let us destroy illegal guns and destroy the guns that have been used to kill our friends and kill our neighbors. We have to do more than we’ve already done. Let’s change the state laws that would make me a criminal for trying too hard to stop the real evil criminals who are taking other people’s lives," he said. "I don’t care about finger pointing. I don’t care about blame. I don’t care about politics. I’m only interested in working together with our state legislators to take meaningful action to save lives, to prevent more tragic injuries, and more death." He added, per CNN, that he, too, is a survivor of workplace violence; the Democrat was the target of a shooting at his campaign headquarters last year. (The AR-15-style rifle used in the bank shooting was purchased legally just last week.)

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