A widening gulf on gun policy shapes Georgia races after primary

A widening gulf on gun policy shapes Georgia races after primary

The political divide on guns in Georgia was on display Tuesday as voters prepared to vote in the state’s primary. Democrats backed candidates who took strong positions on tightening gun laws, while Republican candidates supported expanding gun rights. ALYSSA POINTER/ALYSSA.POINTER@AJC.COM There is no greater divide in Georgia politics than the one over guns. And the primary results this week showed that the clash over firearms policies will only intensify on the road to November’s elections. Democrats rewarded candidates up and down the ballot who broke with party tradition and called for new gun control measures. And they overwhelmingly backed a candidate for governor, Stacey Abrams, who called for a ban on assault rifle sales and a repeal of campus gun laws. Lucy McBath, who became a nationally known firearms control advocate after her son was gunned down, was the leading vote-getter in the 6 th Congressional District primary, while candidates running for suddenly competitive suburban legislative seats made new restrictions on guns central to their pitches. Republicans, meanwhile, didn’t just hold the line on gun laws. They pushed to dramatically expand them. The two GOP candidates in the July runoff for governor, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp, both back “constitutional carry” rules that allow carrying a gun without a permit. Other leading GOP candidates took similar stances. The National Rifle Association’s endorsement of Cagle and David Shafer, a candidate for lieutenant governor, helped propel each to runoffs. And Republicans running for posts with little […]

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