Cobb Legislator: Expand Gun Rights

State Rep.-elect Charles Gregory (R-Kennesaw) on Wednesday filed four bills, including one that would allow firearms on college campuses.

As the nation mourns the 26 lives lost when a gunman opened fire last Friday in a Connecticut elementary school, one incoming representative from Kennesaw is pushing for expanded gun rights in Georgia.

State Rep.-elect Charles Gregory (R-Kennesaw) this week filed four bills, including one that would allow firearms on college campuses and another that would allow them in places of worship.

Gregory told the Marietta Daily Journal that while he filed House Bills 26, 27, 28 and 29 on Wednesday, he began work on them before the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary.

That shooting has ignited a nationwide conversation on tighter gun restrictions, and President Barack Obama this week gave a special panel until mid-January to come up with concrete proposals that curb gun violence, according to NPR.

A survey this week from the Pew Research Center found only modest change in the public's attitude toward gun control in the wake of the shooting at Sandy Hook.

Forty-nine percent of Americans believe "it is more important to control gun ownership, while 42 percent say it is more important to protect the right of Americans to own guns." But nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of the 1,219 adults surveyed "think that allowing citizens to own assault weapons makes the country more dangerous."

The gun that 20-year-old Adam Lanza used to kill 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School was a Bushmaster .223 rifle, a weapon favored by hunters and the military, according to Newtown Patch.

The Georgia General Assembly does not convene until Jan. 14, but Gregory has already gotten support from the National Association for Gun Rights. The group has urged members to "please contact ... Gregory ... and encourage him to lead the fight to advance gun rights in Georgia."


For further contemplation and analysis, read the bills that Gregory filed this week.

Margaret Thomson December 23, 2012 at 11:06 PM
Once again the loonies are loose in Cobb County. - 28-year resident
Frank Kellert December 24, 2012 at 01:44 PM
Thanks Charles, I can't wait to vote against you.
Byron Rangitsch December 24, 2012 at 03:31 PM
He drank his first strong liquor Then to calm his shaking hand And tried to tell himself at last He had become a man A dusty cowpoke at this Began to laugh him down And he heard again his mother's words Don't take your guns to town, son Leave your guns at home, Bill Don't take your guns to town
Paul The East Cobb Liberal December 25, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Frank, i'm with you. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. The recent general election results gave us signs that the tide of extreme right wing insanity (pardon my redundancy) may be receding. So there is hope that bozos such as Charles will be fewer and far between. But we can be sure that even if the parade of fruitcake legislators does dissipate, this area will be one of the last fortresses of ignorance to succumb.
Traci St. Claire December 27, 2012 at 03:23 AM
People should be able to carry guns to protect themselves from criminals. If you do not like guns, then it is your choice to not carry one. Why in the world would you want to take choice away from a law abiding citizen? I applaud Charles Gregory for his stance!
Nota Lemming December 27, 2012 at 04:15 AM
Did you know the Military does not use the Bushmaster 223 rifle..... at all? Did you know that Adam Lanza did not shoot a Bushmaster in Newtown? That's right. That rifle was taken from the trunk of his mothers car after he was already dead. Yes very much true. It is even on NBC video. Check it here. http://yourdaddy.net/2012/12/22/gun-inconsistencies-in-sandy-hook-school-mass-shooting/ Now if you can explain what is going on please feel free to leave a comment on the site. What part of the "Shall Not infringe" in the second amendment do you two torks Margaret and Frank not understand? Georgia did not give me the right to carry a gun. God did. Georgia and specifically Kennasaw have just recognizied the fact that God did give me that right and your uneducated fact-less liberal gun banning ideological idiot minds cant get past it.
Donald Duck December 27, 2012 at 07:24 AM
''Georgia did not give me the right to carry a gun. God did.'' Sorry, are we talking about the God who said ''when your neighbor strikes you on the cheek, turn to him the other also,'' or are we referring to the one who said ''do not repay evil for evil''? Or was it the one who rebuked Peter for cutting off the guard's ear, saying: ''Those who live by the sword die by the sword.'' Just want to make sure we're talking about the same God here because the guy from the Bible seems like kind of a passifist.
constitutional John December 27, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Why do you folks think the Second Amendment was written?
jim walker December 27, 2012 at 03:55 PM
thank god somebody with common sense is still in government
jim walker December 27, 2012 at 03:57 PM
wrong again its the white house where loonies are loose
Byron Rangitsch December 27, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Encouraging 18-24 y.o. alcoholics to carry weapons is common sense on what planet? Are you a fan of fights turning into murders? I think whatever gun control laws there are need to spend a LOT more time on intelligent gun safety beyond gun handling safety.
Byron Rangitsch December 27, 2012 at 04:40 PM
To appease the State's fear of a standing Federal Army? Seriously, If I wanted to read thoughtful and intelligent debate on this subject, I would avoid the internet. I would read DC vs Heller 2008. Scalia's constitutional rationale for an individual's rights and the Dissent should walk the line without stepping in the BS.
Byron Rangitsch December 27, 2012 at 04:44 PM
The coroner, medical examiner, and police all say your link is wrong. Even Eric Erickson of RedState.com says that it's a hoax. BTW, No one says you can't carry a gun. Semi-automatics are up for debate and regulations are up for debate and even supported by every SCOTUS ruling. I'll trust them for my constitutional interpretations.
constitutional John December 27, 2012 at 07:28 PM
It is a pretty simple question and I would like to hear everyone's opinion on.
Bill Greene December 27, 2012 at 08:32 PM
Facts are facts: "gun-free zones" are only gun-free for criminals. If the teachers and administrators at Sandy Hook Elementary had been at least given the choice to exercise their Second Amendment rights, few if any kids would be dead. http://rightmarch.com/2012/12/protect-our-children-repeal-gun-free-school-zones/
Byron Rangitsch December 27, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Or if he didn't have such an efficient piece of equipment. Or if his Mom wasn't stupid enough to let an anti-social 20y.o. play with her toys. Or if his Mom had been taught to secure her weapons. Or if his Mom had been taught to spot warning signs based on all the previous public shootings. NRA and State regulators should spend more time educating and less time marketing.
Jake Lilley December 28, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Evidence: 8.5 Million- Total number of deaths from homicide worldwide in the 20th century 203 Million- Total number of deaths caused by government actions in the 20th century. This includes war (34 mil) and genocide (169 mil). Result: A human living in the 20th century was over 23 times more likely to die as a direct result of the actions of a government than by the actions of a non-political person. Conclusion: The Founding Fathers knew what they were doing. The benefit of the second amendment is not that it guarantees your right to go recreational hunting but that it guarantees your right to protect yourself against tyrannical governments. The evidence shows you are far more likely to killed by a tyrannical government than a homicidal manic. Don’t let your government take away your right to protect yourself!
Jake Lilley December 28, 2012 at 12:13 AM
But shouldn't we confiscate guns to save the children? A study by the Children’s Defense Fund found that we lose some 2,800 children and teenagers to guns annually. Hard not to be for stricter laws and controls...right? While 2,800 is shocking and appalling statistic, an even more shocking and appalling statistic is 10 million or 3571 times 2,800. That is the number of Soviet Ukrainians who died as a result of the Holodomor. The Holodomor was the forced starvation in 1933 of the Ukrainian people implemented by the Soviet political elite in retribution for poor food output. Why couldn’t the large Ukrainian population defend themselves against such as monstrous policy? In 1929 the Soviet government implemented a gun ban; therefore, even though they greatly outnumbered the group implementing the policy, the Ukrainians didn’t have the resources available to them to protect themselves. As I’ve already mentioned, this resulted in the deaths of an estimated 10 million people (4 million due to starvation and 6 million due to birth defects attributed to the Holodomor).
Jake Lilley December 28, 2012 at 12:13 AM
Also disturbing is the number 300,000. That’s the number of Sudanese who have died in the Sudanese civil war starting in 2003. Over these years most fatalities have been the result of the intentional starvation of civilians. Again the question is - why haven’t the Sudanese people organized and defended their natural right to self-preservation? Again the answer can be found in the gun control laws of Sudan. The UN calls Sudan’s gun control laws “very restrictive.” In fact, you need to be above the age of 30, pass a physical examination, and obtain a certain socio-economic status prior to owning a firearm for the purpose of self-defense. In practice, very few Sudanese have access to weapons for their self-defense. For the sake of expediency, I won’t go into detail about other incidents where gun control laws preceded genocide of hundreds of thousands of people. However, there are many other examples. Such as Armenia (1915-1917) 1.5 million killed, China (1948-1952) 20 million killed, Uganda (1971-19790 300,000 killed, and Cambodia (1975-1979) 2 million killed.
Jake Lilley December 28, 2012 at 12:14 AM
One of the traits of our human condition is when tend to disparage the collective lessons we’ve learned throughout history in order to address the most recent events. History is riddled with examples of people forfeiting their natural right of self-defense to political entities resulting in those people losing their lives.
Dustin December 31, 2012 at 05:21 PM
God,or the creator,in the constitution is not a religious reference.It merely defines that are rights are inherent and not bestowed by men.
Byron Rangitsch January 23, 2013 at 01:28 AM
http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/22/justice/texas-college-shooting/index.html?hpt=hp_inthenews Guns and teenagers. Turning fights into murder since 1683.
Byron Rangitsch January 23, 2013 at 04:39 AM
Gregory's website: "When the people fear their government, their is tyranny; When the government fears the people, their is liberty - Thomas Jefferson" A spurious quote according to the experts on Thomas Jefferson. Most likely attributed to by a socialist, John Barnhill, in 1914. http://www.monticello.org/site/jefferson/when-governments-fear-people-there-libertyquotation
Byron Rangitsch January 23, 2013 at 04:41 AM


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