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Debate over gun proposals rages across state (Georgia)
Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | Feb 28, 2013 | Kristina Torres

Posted on 02/28/2013 7:33:31 AM PST by EXCH54FE

The Newtown school massacre has provoked fiery debates at the federal and state levels on whether to scale back the rights of gun owners.

But in Georgia, the focus isn’t entirely on curtailing gun rights.

Many of the more than two dozen gun bills filed so far in the General Assembly are pushing for expanded access to firearms across the Peach State.

This legislative session, following the shooting of 20 students and six adults in a Connecticut elementary school, the debate has been amplified to the point that both sides have the potential to drown out each other and get nothing done.

“I have a real disposition against legislating to exploit a tragedy,” House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, said last week during a legislative forum hosted by the University of Georgia. “You may see one or two of these measures move, but I don’t think you’ll see a dramatic shift.”

Across U.S., in Georgia

The debate comes amid national deliberation over gun safety. Congress is expected this week to begin considering legislation that could include expanding background checks for gun buyers and increasing penalties for those who buy guns for criminals.

The debate is also playing out in state capitols across the country. In one closely watched debate, Colorado legislators are considering a package of gun-control bills that include banning weapons on college campuses, requiring background checks on all gun sales and limiting ammunition magazines to 15 rounds.

In Georgia, the pieces of legislation under consideration cover familiar topics, such as whether students should be allowed to carry guns on college campuses and should assault weapons be banned in the state altogether.

But other issues have risen to the top, including expanding mental health checks for gun owners who want to “conceal and carry”

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Georgia
KEYWORDS: banglist; guncontrol; secondamendment
“No one’s trying to take away their guns,” said the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Emanuel Jones, D-Decatur, who is quick to add he owns a gun. “We’re talking about what should be common-sense approaches.” Where have I heard that??
1 posted on 02/28/2013 7:33:37 AM PST by EXCH54FE
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This story is AstroTurfing. I live in GA, and there is no raging debate.

2 posted on 02/28/2013 7:44:58 AM PST by John Freeman
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Fortunately the GOP owns the GA legislature so I would say the worst thing that will happen is they may not pass the constitutional carry bill.

3 posted on 02/28/2013 7:48:58 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: John Freeman

Multiple generations of my family here. Born here, inducted here; except for 8 years (7 overseas) my entire adult life here. You’re right, this is Kristina Torres’ liberal bullshit push prodding of the issue. You’ll also hear anything and everything concerned with a gunshot from the TV networks here by the frigging misery and issue ghouls trying to foment controversy. Latest is about some girl at GRADY HS shooting herself in the leg with a gun she brought to school (probably to b!tch out some other b!tch there)

Here are the bills up for legistlation:

•House Bills 26, 27, 28 and 29: Would sweep away any restrictions on carrying firearms in Georgia — including on college campuses and in churches. It would also bar the governor from suspending gun sales during an emergency.

•House Bill 356: Would strengthen a state law allowing guns in nonsecured areas of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, including parking lots, shops and other areas of the airport’s terminals outside the screening checkpoint and normally open to unscreened passengers or visitors.

•House Bill 394: Would allow both current and former state lawmakers licensed to carry a firearm to join an exclusive list of people allowed to bring their gun into otherwise restricted areas such as schools — but not in the House and Senate chambers at the state Capitol.

•Senate Bill 74: Would lower to 18 the state’s prohibition on anyone under the age of 21 from carrying a gun, but only for military service members who have completed basic training.
•Senate Bill 93: Would allow hunters to use gun silencers and enforce a three-year ban on someone who hunts with a silencer illegally, such as without a landowner’s permission.

•Senate Bill 146: Would ban assault weapons as well as high-capacity magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition.

I agree with all BUT Senate Bill 146 (House 394 I don’t care about because it is mainly about politicians protecting themselves). But We need to find the son of a bitch who wrote and/or sponsors this bill (Senate 146) and give him a right serious blanket party one night.

4 posted on 02/28/2013 8:02:13 AM PST by Gaffer
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somhow Mr. Jones does not strike me as a Spartan.

Vichey perhaps...

Benedict Arnold perhaps...

Goebles perhaps....

definitly NOT Spartan.

5 posted on 02/28/2013 12:00:48 PM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! and
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The Newtown school massacre has provoked fiery debates at the federal and state levels on whether to scale back the rights of gun owners.

Newtown has nothing to do with gun owners.
The killer owned no guns.

6 posted on 02/28/2013 1:50:23 PM PST by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I sign up for the American Revolution 2013 and the Crusades 2013?)
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