Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Nelson, Ga., follows Kennesaw's example in mandating gun ownership for households, while Connecticut looks to strengthen gun controls — both attempts to improve safety.
After passing a law requiring gun ownership for each household, the little town of Nelson, Ga., was the talk of the nation this week. Monday's passage of the city's Family Protection Ordinance was reported by The Huffington Post, which noted the city council's agenda said the ordinance was a deterrent to potential criminals. It also said it is "opposition of any future attempt by the federal government to confiscate personal firearms." Kennesaw, Ga., passed a similar law years ago and Kennesaw Police Lt. Craig Graydon told Kennesaw Patch he was not surprised another city had opted for a similar ordinance. He said for years he had fielded calls from reporters around the world interested in the city's famous 1982 gun law. With some …
Friday, March 29, 2013
The 'campus carry' provision was a sticking point in the 2013 legislation.
The controversial Georgia legislation aimed at loosening gun restrictions went down to the wire in the 2013 General Assembly -- and did not pass. Senate Bill 101 never came to a vote on Thursday (March 28), the final day of the 2013 Georgia legislative session. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the legislation got hung up on the provision that would allow firearms to be carried on college campuses. Senate Bill 101 also would have allowed guns in churches, and allowed local school boards to arm administrators. Reportedly, House and Senate negotiators had agreed, after urging by Gov. Nathan Deal, to allow concealed weapons permit holders to carry weapons on college campuses -- with the stipulation that permit holders between 21 …
Sunday, March 10, 2013
A review of some top recent news stories.
Click on the links for more information. NEW RESTAURANT FOR TOWN CENTER: It was the talk of the town when Olde Towne Tavern & Grille closed just before Christmas. However, a new group has plans for the space this spring. POSSIBLE NEW RESTAURANT FOR GATEWAY: Did anybody mention restaurants? Seems Suwanee's emphasis on redeveloping the Gateway area near I-85 is getting notice. Signs are that Schlotzky's Deli wants to open in a vacant building across from the police substation. SCHOOL CAFETERIA GETS PERFECT GRADE: School cafeterias have health checks, too. And North Gwinnett High passed its recent test. MORE BUSINESS LICENSES: People keep hanging out their shingles in Suwanee. The city is busy issuing new licenses, some for home based …
Thursday, March 7, 2013
HB 512 would allow guns on college campuses, and it faces an important deadline Thursday. Share your thoughts.
In all the gun control news following the Sandy Hook school shootings, a bill in the Georgia Legislature would actually expand potential places where firearms could be taken. And that measure, House Bill 512, is facing a key deadline Thursday (March 7) in the Georgia Legislature. The bill, also known as the Safe Carry Protection Act, would allow firearms to be taken onto college campuses. Thursday is "crossover day" in the Georgia Legislature. A bill must pass the House or Senate to be considered by the other body. Otherwise, it is dead for the 2013 legislative session. HB 512 has drawn the opposition of the chancellor of the state university system. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has reported that Hank Huckaby has lobbied legislators …
Friday, February 22, 2013
In remembrance of the December shootings in Newtown, Conn., demonstrators asked U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall to support gun safety laws. The demonstration was held at the Gwinnett Justice Administration Center in Lawrenceville, Ga.
A group of concerned citizens stood with signs outside the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center in Lawrenceville, Ga., on Thursday (February 21) to call for support of reasonable gun safety laws. The rally took place a little more than two months after the Dec. 14, 2012, shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Twenty-six people, mostly young children, lost their lives when a gunman opened fire in the school. MoveOn.org sponsored the event, urging U.S. Representative Rob Woodall—whose office is housed in GJAC—to take action on gun safety. Read the complete story on Lawrenceville Patch.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Another firearms show is scheduled soon in Gwinnett. Share your thoughts.
With another gun show scheduled soon in Gwinnett County, it's time to note a significant feature of such events. Background checks apparently are not required in Georgia and several other states, according to available information. Large numbers of people flocked to the Gwinnett fairgrounds last weekend for a gun show. The current national discussion of gun control and safety (due to the December shooting in Newtown, Connecticut) was obviously a reason. However, it also appears to be easier to purchase a firearm in Georgia and other states at a gun show than through a traditional retailer. This is due to the so-called "gun show loophole." -- Should the "gun show loophole" be closed? What are your thoughts on gun rights? Share your thoughts…
Monday, January 28, 2013
News from Patch sites in the area.
Monday, January 28
New Metro Area Walmart Decides Not to Sell Rifles - Cascade Patch As the Historic Westside Village Walmart on Martin Luther King Drive continues its opening celebration, community members expressed their joy to see that no guns will be sold at "our Walmart." The Walmart Corp. quickly decided to stop selling the Bushmaster Assault Rifle on its world-wide website days after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, in which a young man killed a large number of elementary school children in Connecticut using that exact gun. Read more on Cascade Patch. Sheriff Expresses Disgust That Sandy Hook Used to Promote Gun Control - Douglasville Patch Douglas County Sheriff Phil Miller says he has written letters to the president, vice president, …
Sunday, January 27, 2013
The event at the fairgrounds in Lawrenceville, Ga., continues Sunday.
This article originated on Suwanee Patch The continuing national debate on guns played out in a big way Saturday (January 26) in Gwinnett County. There was a large turnout at a gun show at the fairgrounds in Lawrenceville. According to myfoxatlanta.com, the line at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds wrapped around the complex just to get inside. "People are starting to understand that they need to look out for their own safety," gun show vendor Bruce Greenfield said in a video with the Fox5 article. "There's a sense of fear ..." vendor Fred Augat also said in the video. -- Did you attend the gun show in Gwinnett on Saturday? Are you surprised by the large turnout? Share your thoughts in the comments below. The gun-control debate heated up …
A review of the top stories recently. Share your thoughts.
Here's a news review of some top recent stories -- click on the links below for more information. And share your thoughts. GWINNETT SHERIFF ADDS VOICE TO GUN DEBATE: Following the Connecticult school shooting and President Obama's gun-control proposals, Gwinnett Sheriff Butch Conway issued a statement in strong support of citizens' Second Amendment rights. SUWANEE ELECTS MAYOR PRO TEM: Dick Goodman has only been on the Suwanee City Council since 2010, but he how is the No. 2 elected official at City Hall. SUWANEE STUDENT ON 'AMERICAN IDOL': Alexa Gilomen of North Gwinnett High may get to Hollywood after her recent audition aired on the popular Fox TV show. ANOTHER NEW RESTAURANT IN SUWANEE: Not intimidated by recent restaurant failures, …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Details emerge about the president's plan, which he is scheduled to announce Wednesday. Share your thoughts.
Wednesday, January 16
Updated 1:37 pm, January 16 The president's proposal includes several executive actions, according to the Washington Post. --- A ban on assault weapons and a call for universal background checks are among the gun-control proposals that President Obama will announce Wednesday morning, according to media reports. CNN.com has reported that the president will also seek a ban on high capacity magazines in his 11:45 a.m. news conference. -- What are your thoughts on the president's proposals? Have you taken any action since the Newtown shooting fallout? Share your thoughts in the comments below. The president is calling for the measures in response to the December 14 school shooting in Newtown, Conn., that killed 20 students and six adults. The …