Party Lines Divide Georgia Candidates On Gun Control

Party Lines Divide Georgia Candidates On Gun Control

Unable to play video. HTML5 is not supported! By BEN NADLER, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s two Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls agree. And all five candidates on the Republican side are together. But on the issue of gun control, the gap between the parties is large, with seemingly little overlap or room for compromise. The candidates met Sunday in separate party-specific debates at WSB-TV studios in Atlanta. Those were the final debates before voters cast ballots in Tuesday’s primaries. Each candidate was pressed about public support for stricter gun control following Friday’s deadly school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas. Both Democratic candidates, former state House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams and former state Rep. Stacey Evans, advocated for specific restrictions. They agreed on the need to expand background checks, ban assault weapons and remove guns from homes where domestic violence occurs. The Republican candidates, including Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, Secretary of State Brian Kemp, former state Sen. Hunter Hill, state Sen. Michael Williams and businessman Clay Tippins, all agreed on a single point: No more gun control. They used the chance to position themselves as the biggest supporter of the Second Amendment in the field. When asked about the topic, the GOP candidates talked about school safety plans, problems with the mental health system and arming teachers. Hill said that “gun control simply doesn’t work.” As with previous debates, strong support for gun rights and tough talk on immigration dominated discussion on the Republican side. The candidates largely agree on […]

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