The killing of 49 people at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando has revived the discussion over the use of assault weapons, and whether restrictions on the purchase or possession of certain types of guns should become law in order to reduce the number of gun related killings.
Thursday evening, State Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver announced in a Facebook post that she plans to re-introduce legislation that would make certain guns illegal in Georgia, and require their confiscation.
I am hopeful, and will continue to press for a rational discussion on ways to curb the 33,000 deaths per year from gun violence. The Courts are addressing and enforcing assault weapon bans in other states, and the debate will continue, and I want Georgia to be part of the discussion. I INTEND TO FILE AGAIN, FOR THE 2017 SESSION OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY, A BILL TO BAN ASSAULT TYPE WEAPONS, and whether you support or not the proposal, I hope you will join me in asking for an open, rational and bipartisan debate on gun violence deaths and how to reduce senseless killing. Thank you for your interest.
During the 2016 session, Rep, Oliver held a press conference to announce support for her bill. House Speaker David Ralston quickly announced that the bill would not be considered by the House.