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Gun dealers say background checks need improvement

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Some South Georgia gun dealers say the background checks necessary for gun purchases could be improved, but they think most South Georgians are firmly against banning any weapons.

Wednesday  a proposal to expand background checks fell short of the 60 votes needed to advance in the Senate. An attempt to ban assault-style rifles and high-capacity ammunition magazines failed as well. Some South Georgia gun dealers say background check legislation needs some improvements.

"What they are talking about, individual to individual purchases," said Dawson Road Jewelry and Pawn owner Jason Sheffield.  "And those are not covered. I believe that needs to be tightened up. I don't think that just anybody should be able to buy a gun from just anybody else."

Sheffield said another area he would like to see improved is dealing with people with mental health issues.

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