Georgia lawmakers harden gun stances after August shootings

Georgia lawmakers harden gun stances after August shootings

Gun Rights

Many local lawmakers returned from the August recess this week seemingly hardened in their pre-existing beliefs on whether and how to limit access to guns, reflecting the deep mistrust that’s emanated from their party leadership even after tragedies in Dayton and El Paso offered a sliver of hope that bipartisan agreement was possible. The narrowing window for compromise was evident on Tuesday afternoon, when House Democrats decided to move ahead on three gun control measures without GOP buy-in and President Donald Trump huddled with Republican leaders in the White House. Several Georgia Democrats said August’s twin shootings represented a wake-up call for Congress to tighten gun control laws and vowed to push on even as Trump offered mixed signals about what he would be willing to sign. “Too often we are told that we must accept these tragedies. We’re told that instead of changing our laws we must have more lockdown drills, more security guards, more bullet-proof glass and more vigils for those we have lost,” said U.S. Rep. Lucy McBath, D-Marietta, a freshman who became a gun control activist after her teenage son was fatally shot in 2012. “Inaction is absolutely unacceptable.” McBath is a member of the House Judiciary Committee, the panel that cleared a trio of gun control bills late Tuesday. Among them was a federal “red flag” proposal that would incentivize states to allow judges to order the temporary seizure of weapons from people deemed dangerous to themselves or others, which supporters say could have […]

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