Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Congressional Democrats say the firearm legislation set to be proposed next month won’t include a ban on assault weapons. What would you think of any legislation that left out such a ban?
United States senators next month will consider firearm legislation that may not be as loaded as some would hope. The Associated Press reported Tuesday that the gun legislation to be debated next month will not include a ban on assault weapons. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, said that including such a ban would reduce the votes needed to overpower the will of Republicans aiming to keep the Senate from considering the matter. California Sen. Dianne Feinstein is expected to push an amendment focused on banning military-style weapons, the AP reported, though the Democrat’s proposal does not seem to have enough support behind it. Some of sought a ban on assault weapons in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting in …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Three bills in the Georgia House of Representatives—including two introduced by a Cobb legislator—take aim at restrictions on where gun owners can take their firearms in public. Tell us which of them, if any, you would like to see passed.
Gun owners in Georgia could soon be allowed to have their firearms on them in more public areas if lawmakers pass one of several bills currently within the state House of Representatives. House Bill 28, dubbed the “Restoring Private Property Rights for Places of Worship Act of 2013,” would take out the state’s restriction against carrying a weapon into a church or place of worship. House Bill 29, known as the “Georgia Campus Carry Act of 2013,” would lift the restriction against carrying a firearm onto a “campus of any public or private technical school, vocational school, college, university, or institution of postsecondary education.” Charles Gregory, R-Kennesaw, is the primary sponsor of both bills. Gregory went on the record to say …
Friday, January 25, 2013
Several metro Atlanta sheriffs have come out against President Barack Obama’s recent executive orders tightening gun restrictions. Tell us if you agree with them.
Several metro Atlanta sheriffs have stepped forward in recent days to say they will not enforce a number of gun measures proposed earlier this month by President Barack Obama. Some of the president’s proposals include a limit on the number of bullets in an ammo clip and a renewed ban on assault rifles. In Cherokee County, Sheriff Roger Garrison said he and his deputies would not enforce “any laws or regulations that negate the constitutional rights of the citizens of Cherokee County,” nor will allow the enforcement of “Any unconstitutional regulations or orders by federal officers” within his county’s borders. “In the aftermath of the recent criminal events, the president, vice-president and many members of Congress are attempting to …
Friday, January 11, 2013
State Rep. Paul Battles, R-Cartersville, has introduced legislation that would give school systems in Georgia the option of arming and training an administrator in each school. Tell us what you think about Battles’ proposal.
As states and communities across the country try to think of ways to prevent another shooting like Sandy Hook in Newtown, Conn., a Bartow County lawmaker has introduced legislation that would allow school administrators to carry a gun. Introduced by State Rep. Paul Battles, R-Cartersville, the proposed amendment to firearms statutes would allow boards of education the option of arming and training administrators for each school in the system. Designated administrators would be allowed to carry firearms within a school safety zone or school building, at a school function, or on school property or on a bus or other transportation furnished by the school. The bill is attached to this article. The 2013 legislative session starts Monday, and …
Monday, December 31, 2012
Are you ready for an adult conversation about common-sense solutions to improve gun safety? See what Local Voices blogger Mike Holzknecht had to say on the issue, and then weigh in along with your fellow Patch readers.
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
The deaths of 19 in Colorado and Wisconsin have sparked a national firearm debate that has reemerged several times in recent years. We want to know which side you're on and why.
Two recent mass shootings have again sparked the national debate on what type of guns and ammunition should be legal for civilians, and what steps they must follow to obtain such weapons. The 12 dead and 58 injured in the July 20 Colorado movie theater massacre, and the seven dead and three injured in Sunday’s Sikh temple shooting in Wisconsin, have drawn responses from both sides of the conversation. Authorities said the alleged Colorado shooter, 24-year-old James Holmes, purchased his arsenal legally. The Springfield 9mm semi-automatic handgun bought by alleged Wisconsin shooter Wade Michael Page, 40, was also a legal purchase, Reuters reports. Proponents argue guns are defensive tools and it’s the people, not the weapons, that kill. …