Georgia lawmaker proposes new gun laws

Georgia lawmaker proposes new gun laws

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Georgia lawmakers continue their efforts to reduce gun restrictions in the state, but Republican leaders under the Gold Dome are reluctant to move forward with big changes this year.

The debate on gun laws may be loud in Washington, but it is unclear how much attention gun measures will receive at Georgia's State Capitol.

New bills continue to be introduced including on from State Senator Frank Ginn that removes restrictions on licensed, out-of-state gun owners and eliminates bans on guns in public housing.

So far, the GOP leadership at the capitol have been reluctant to wade into an extensive debate on guns while Democratic lawmakers have called for consideration of gun restrictions.

Governor Deal has signaled support for a tighter review of mental health records for gun permits, but earlier this week, the governor said the State should move carefully.

The measure by Sen. Ginn would also repeal state regulations of firearms dealers, which, he said, are duplicated by Federal law.

Another bill in the Georgia Senate would allow hunters to use silencers.

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