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Kennesaw Legislator: Expand Gun Rights

State Rep.-elect Charles Gregory (R-Kennesaw) on Wednesday filed four bills, including one that would allow firearms on college campuses.

As the nation mourns the 26 lives lost when a gunman opened fire last Friday in a Connecticut elementary school, one incoming representative from Kennesaw is pushing for expanded gun rights in Georgia.

State Rep.-elect Charles Gregory (R-Kennesaw) this week filed four bills, including one that would allow firearms on college campuses and another that would allow them in places of worship.

Gregory told the Marietta Daily Journal that while he filed House Bills 26, 27, 28 and 29 on Wednesday, he began work on them before the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary.

That shooting has ignited a nationwide conversation on tighter gun restrictions, and President Barack Obama this week gave a special panel until mid-January to come up with concrete proposals that curb gun violence, according to NPR.

A survey this week from the Pew Research Center found only modest change in the public's attitude toward gun control in the wake of the shooting at Sandy Hook.

Forty-nine percent of Americans believe "it is more important to control gun ownership, while 42 percent say it is more important to protect the right of Americans to own guns." But nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of the 1,219 adults surveyed "think that allowing citizens to own assault weapons makes the country more dangerous."

The gun that 20-year-old Adam Lanza used to kill 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School was a Bushmaster .223 rifle, a weapon favored by hunters and the military, according to Newtown Patch.

The Georgia General Assembly does not convene until Jan. 14, but Gregory has already gotten support from the National Association for Gun Rights. The group has urged members to "please contact ... Gregory ... and encourage him to lead the fight to advance gun rights in Georgia."

READ THE BILLS

For further contemplation and analysis, read the bills that Gregory filed this week.

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Gun Lovin fool December 23, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Thats gotta be one of the dumbest bills around, here we are in the midst of uncontrolled guns and this idiot wants to put more of them on campus's and churchs. Only an ignorant individual would want anyone to carry or allow guns to be carried on school grounds by anyone other than a certified police officer. Get off the 2nd ammendment hype and get realistic. Church's are for prayer not gun worship. This is the reason why gun control is needed to stop these type of idiotic laws and provide common sense thinking now and in the future, recall the clown and put someone with common sense in his place.
ern leedham December 24, 2012 at 06:06 AM
can you advise me of how many mass shootings have occurred in Kennesaw since the introduction of your present gun laws in 1982. has there been any school shootings. what is your crime rate. ern leedham, rockhampton, queensland, australia.
Kid Maxwell December 27, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Looks like the Insane Clown Posse has a new ringleader.
FYI January 02, 2013 at 02:03 PM
http://www.homesurfer.com/crimereports/view/crime_report.cfm?state=GA&area=Kennesaw
David Vetterick February 15, 2013 at 05:46 PM
Gun Free Zones One of the less brilliant laws that are on the books. This is an open invitation to all the nut cases with guns to come and shoot people like fish in a barrel. They already know that they are the only one with a gun. Eliminate the "Gun Free Zone" and allow resposible people to protect themselves and others. Crocket T. Justice

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