Hunter Hill on Gun Control
State should enact reasonable restrictions on guns
[After a series of shootings in July 2016] "Georgia must have a thoughtful conversation about the national epidemic of gun violence and racially discriminatory policing," said Abrams. Georgians "face the failure of our state to implement reasonable
restrictions to keep guns out of the wrong hands." The House Democratic Caucus, she said, will explore a package of proposals that will include gun restrictions and wider access to mental health care via expansion of Medicaid.
Source: Macon Telegraph on 2018 Georgia gubernatorial race
, Aug 16, 2017
Voted NO on "campus carry;" it won't make students safer
Gov. Nathan Deal vetoed legislation that would allow college students to carry concealed guns onto campuses after lawmakers defied his personal request for changes that would make exceptions to the gun rights expansion.
House Bill 859 would legalize
firearms at all public colleges in Georgia. "If the intent of HB 859 is to increase safety of students on college campuses, it is highly questionable that such would be the result," Deal wrote in his veto message.
The gun measure, known as the "campus carry" bill, was long sought by conservatives and Second Amendment activists who cast it as a crucial safety measure for students, faculty and administrators to protect themselves.
Deal [had requested the legislature] to exempt on-campus child care facilities & office space in a separate measure, but they declined to make changes.
Sen. Hill voted NO; passed Senate 34-17-5 Mar.11; passed House 113-59-8 Feb.16
Source: AJC on Georgia legislative voting records: HB 859
, Mar 11, 2016
Page last updated: Feb 16, 2018