Georgia GOP candidates battle over who’s strongest gun rights defender

Georgia GOP candidates battle over who’s strongest gun rights defender

Republican candidates for governor Casey Cagle, from left, Hunter Hill, Brian Kemp, Clay Tippins and Michael Williams participate Thursday in the Atlanta Press Club Republican primary debate at the Georgia Public Broadcasting studios in Atlanta. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com The five leading Republican candidates for Georgia governor tried to separate themselves from the field during a debate Thursday, making an appeal to conservative voters on gun rights and illegal immigration. With Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle leading in the polls, the rest of the candidates might be racing for second place in Tuesday’s primary. If no candidate wins a majority, the top two finishers will advance to a runoff July 24. Several candidates took aim at former state Sen. Hunter Hill during the debate presented by the Atlanta Press Club and aired live by Georgia Public Broadcasting . They questioned Hill’s commitment to the Second Amendment after he suggested the age to buy a gun should be raised to 21. Hill said he previously misspoke, and he wants the age to buy a handgun lowered to 18 — the same age Georgians can buy a long gun. “Having fought in three combat tours overseas, I know what it’s like to have my life threatened,” said Hill, who represented a district in Cobb and Fulton counties. “It’s wrong to have folks that have put their lives in harm’s way and come home and not be able to defend their families.” Cagle, who killed a tax break for Delta Air Lines this year after […]

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