After the mass shooting in Roseburg, Ore., last week, the national media gave a lot of attention to the fact that the local sheriff, John Hanlin, is an ardent supporter of gun rights. What wasn't widely reported was how common views like Hanlin's have become in law enforcement.
One of the most controversial bills awaiting Governor Nathan Deal’s signature is one that would expand where guns can be carried. The bill took a circuitous path through the legislature, picking up provisions, then losing them. Later two gun bills were combined, and the measure went back and forth between the two chambers. So what would the new law look like? It might be easier to start with what it won’t include: a provision known as campus carry. Gun advocates have been pushing for the right to bring firearms on university campuses. But college presidents, the state’s Board of Regents and others oppose that provision, and it was dropped.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Holder told students at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta on Thursday that there are too many guns in the hands of the wrong people. He said President Obama is pushing for universal background checks.
In the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting, two college presidents from Georgia are spearheading a national letter-writing campaign for gun safety. Presidents Lawrence Schall of Oglethorpe University and Elizabeth Kiss of Agnes Scott College wrote the letter asking lawmakers to reinstate a ban on military-style semi automatic weapons.
A federal appeals court has upheld a federal district court decision dismissing a lawsuit that claimed Georgia's law banning guns in churches and other places of worship violates constitutional rights to freedom of religion and bearing arms.