Law enforcers focus on gun safety - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Law enforcers focus on gun safety

Posted: Updated:
Dougherty County Sheriff Kevin Sproul  (center) Dougherty County Sheriff Kevin Sproul (center)
District Attorney Greg Edwards District Attorney Greg Edwards
  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • WRD meets to discuss deer hunting

    WRD meets to discuss deer hunting

    WRD meets to discuss deer hunting

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 11:51 PM EDT2014-08-20 03:51:01 GMT
    Deer hunting season is just around the corner.Tuesday, the Wildlife Resources Division met in Lee County to talk with the community about a new 10- year Deer Management Plan.More >>
    Deer hunting season is just around the corner.Tuesday, the Wildlife Resources Division met in Lee County to talk with the community about a new 10- year Deer Management Plan.More >>
  • New 10-year Deer Management Plan

    New 10-year Deer Management Plan

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 11:35 PM EDT2014-08-20 03:35:01 GMT
    Deer hunting season is just around the corner.The Wild Life Resources Division met in Lee County to talk with the community about a new 10-year Deer Management Plan. More >>
    Deer hunting season is just around the corner.The Wild Life Resources Division met in Lee County to talk with the community about a new 10-year Deer Management Plan. More >>
  • Dougherty County residents speak out against proposed pipeline

    Dougherty County residents speak out against proposed pipeline

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 11:30 PM EDT2014-08-20 03:30:17 GMT
    Gloria Gaines, Former Dougherty County CommissionerGloria Gaines, Former Dougherty County Commissioner
    A Dougherty County neighborhood is speaking out against a proposed natural gas pipeline. Members of the Radium Springs community met Tuesday night to express their concerns about the proposed route of the Sabal pipeline project. More >>
    A Dougherty County neighborhood is speaking out against a proposed natural gas pipeline. Members of the Radium Springs community met Tuesday night to express their concerns about the proposed route of the Sabal pipeline project. More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Some Georgia lawmakers continue to try to expand gun laws so more people can get licenses to carry firearms. A bill up for a vote today would allow people who have voluntarily sought inpatient treatment for mental illness or substance abuse to carry a gun.

About 15% of Dougherty County has a carry permit, and more people are getting licenses every day.

Both Dougherty County Sheriff Kevin Sproul and District Attorney Greg Edwards are supporters of the Second Amendment and people's right to carry guns for self defense. But with 6,472 gun carry permits valid in Dougherty County now, they want people to take advantage that right safely.

D.A.  Edwards said, "Even though our gun laws are expanding, I want people to, number one, realize that it is a great responsibility to maintain a gun."

The Sheriff urges every first time gun owner to get training, and to safeguard that weapon at all times.  "I'm hoping they do take it as a responsibility for their families. The last thing you want to do is attend your child's funeral because you made an unsafe choice by leaving you weapon loaded in a dresser drawer or underneath the bed," Sproul said.

Sheriff's deputies provide gun locks and will teach you how to use them properly.  "One is you can inset the mechanism down through the barrel. What is easier is to go through here. Go in through the port, out through the bottom of the magazine. Remove the key,"  Dougherty County Sheriff's Captain Allen Brock said.

Sheriff's Deputies go to schools to teach gun safety to kids.  "Always treat the weapon as if it was loaded. Don't touch it," said Sheriff's Office Lt. Terron Hayes.

The Sheriff and the District Attorney say they know gun owners who apply and get gun carry permits are law abiding citizens. They just urge them to remember the responsibility that comes with gun ownership.

"I'm going to support gun owners defending their home against improper invasion. I'm going to support appropriate use of self defense if firearms are used in self defense," Edwards said.

But they also urge gun carry permit holders to be properly trained, and concentrate on the correct way to carry and maintain that gun.

So far in 2013, there have been 340 gun permits issued in Dougherty County.

Copyright 2013 WALB.  All rights reserved.