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Activist: Georgia’s GOP caucus pushing for looser gun restrictions

• David Ferguson via The

Georgia Republican state legislator Rep. Charles Gregory (R-Kennesaw), has introduced four new bills for the 2012 legislative year, all of which loosen current restrictions on guns. The measures, according to the blog Georgia Progress, which come less than a week after the national tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, would put more guns into circulation and lower barriers currently blocking firearms sales.

“Rep. Charles Gregory is going to fit in well with Georgia’s tin foil hat caucus,” said activist Bryan Long of Better Georgia. “His views are extreme and out of step with Georgia voters.”

His policies, Long said, would put more guns in schools and on college campuses and strip the rights of churches, businesses and bars to prohibit firearms on their premises, making the state “worse than the wild west, where a bar owner could at least tell customers to check their guns at the door.”

Better Georgia did a survey in March of this year (.pdf) that said 66 percent of Georgians, regardless of political affiliation, are against loosening concealed carry regulations in the state in any way.

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