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Cobb 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.


Jake Lilley December 28, 2012 at 12:14 AM
One of the traits of our human condition is when tend to disparage the collective lessons we’ve learned throughout history in order to address the most recent events. History is riddled with examples of people forfeiting their natural right of self-defense to political entities resulting in those people losing their lives.
Dustin December 31, 2012 at 05:21 PM
God,or the creator,in the constitution is not a religious reference.It merely defines that are rights are inherent and not bestowed by men.
Education is a Luxury January 23, 2013 at 01:28 AM
http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/22/justice/texas-college-shooting/index.html?hpt=hp_inthenews Guns and teenagers. Turning fights into murder since 1683.
Education is a Luxury January 23, 2013 at 04:39 AM
Gregory's website: "When the people fear their government, their is tyranny; When the government fears the people, their is liberty - Thomas Jefferson" A spurious quote according to the experts on Thomas Jefferson. Most likely attributed to by a socialist, John Barnhill, in 1914. http://www.monticello.org/site/jefferson/when-governments-fear-people-there-libertyquotation
Education is a Luxury January 23, 2013 at 04:41 AM
http://charlesgregory.com/District.aspx

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