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Few Bipartisan Bills To Push As Gun Control Advocates Lobby Georgia Lawmakers

Moms Demand Action volunteers gathered at the state capitol Wednesday morning to encourage lawmakers to limit gun access for domestic abusers.
Moms Demand Action volunteers gathered at the state capitol Wednesday morning to encourage lawmakers to limit gun access for domestic abusers.
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Hundreds of hopeful volunteers with the gun control group, Moms Demand Action, gathered at the state capitol Wednesday morning.

Their focus included encouraging lawmakers to limit gun access for domestic abusers. So far, a democrat-sponsored bill aimed at doing that has seen no bipartisan support from lawmakers.

“We have a lot of people, members of our group, today who are gun owners and republicans. And we have seen co-sponsor gun safety bills in Georgia,” volunteer Mallory Harris said.

That’s not been the case in 2019.

State democrats have introduced bills to repeal the “Campus Carry” law and require training for people applying for weapons carry licenses. Others are aimed at mirroring the recently passed federal ban on bump-stocks.

Georgia state Sen. Nan Orrock urged the Moms Demand volunteers to keep an eye out for opportunities to support bills that do gain crucial, republican support, “which could indicate it has a chance of making it through.”

MOMS Demand Action volunteers talk to state Rep. Matt Gurtler, who introduced a bill aimed at making weapons carry permits optional.

The volunteers also spoke with state Rep. Matt Gurtler, who’s introduced a bill aimed at making weapons carry permits optional. The Moms Demand advocates voiced their disapproval of the measure, which has failed to gain traction with key republican lawmakers including House Speaker David Ralston.

“I think we all have the same goal in mind: we want to help Georgians,” Gurtler told the gun control advocates. “Just different ways of getting it.”