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State leaders take another step toward expanding gun laws

February 1, 2008

Albany-  State leaders take another step toward expanding Georgia's gun laws.

They want to allow licensed gun owners to carry firearms at bus stops, on public transportation, inside churches and inside restaurants that serve alcohol.

Georgia's gun carrying laws are some of the strictest in the nation. Senate leaders passed the measure two weeks ago, but it wasn't as expansive as the house version. Supporters say its about time Georgia's laws were more lenient, after all these are people that will likely obey the law.

"A criminal is going to carry one anyway. He'll carry one without a permit and where ever he wants to. Only an honest citizen will not carry one where their not supposed to," said Tom Scarborough, gun specialist.

Critics say states with more lenient gun laws have tighter restrictions when it come to applying for a permit. In Georgia, only a background check is required.

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