Veteran Prosecutor on Mass Murder Prevention

Jan 17, 2013

The chief prosecutor in Fayette County hopes universal background checks can help prevent mass killings like those seen last year in Connecticut, Colorado and Wisconsin.   Still, prosecutor Ray Larson calls gun restrictions that limit the ability of law abiding citizens to defend themselves “disgusting.” Larson adds spotting a potential mass murderer is difficult.

“You know as well as I do, if somebody said your daughter has evidence of mentally ill, you’d take great offense at that and think what business is that of yours to interfere with my child’s life or me.  I mean that’s the way people are, so what do you want them to do,” said Larson.

Ray Larson has served as Fayette Commonwealth’s Attorney for almost three decades.  Larson believes university background checks of gun buyers could reduce the risk of violent crimes.

“Do you want to start doing some kind of background check on every gun that’s sold?  Nothing wrong with that.  We don’t want mentally ill people getting them or buying them and we don’t want convicted felons getting guns.  We’ve got laws against them possessing guns and owning guns,” added Larson.

While Fayette County’s long time prosecutor says law-abiding gun owners have a right to defend themselves, he says weapons used in violent crimes should be destroyed.  Larson says these firearms are sold at public auction.  For the sake of victims and their survivors, He says melting these weapons down is the right thing to do.

“Killer guns and guns used to shoot police officers or firefighters in the line of duty should be destroyed.  It has nothing to do with gun control, it’s a victim’s issue.  They need to have their knowledge that the gun that killed their loved one or shot their police office or firefighter is not gonna be on the street again,” explained Larson.

Larson says he’s proposed such a change in Kentucky law, but it has not moved in the state legislature.  The Commonwealth’s Attorney adds the destruction of murder weapons would not significantly cut into the number of guns available to the public.