The study says Georgia also needs to do more to prevent criminals from getting their hands on firearms, but some local gun owners say the current system is just fine.
Brand new shotguns and rifles line the wall at local gun dealers around south Georgia. Customers must pass a background check before they can take a new weapon home. Despite this protective measure, a national study says Georgia needs to do more. Local gun shop owners say the current system works well.
Clint Carlton, a gun store owner, says, "In my opinion, more laws are not going to prohibit criminals from using guns while committing crimes. In my opinion, what needs to happen is we need to enforce the laws which are already out there."
Customers at this gun shop say adding more regulations to the system would not restrict a criminal's access to guns, but rather burden law abiding citizens with more red tape.
Taylor Lacey, a hunter, says, "I think it will just make it harder for us law abiding citizens to get guns. The criminals will still get guns on the black market or on the streets, so I don't think new laws will make much of a difference in criminals getting guns."
Hunters and others who support the right to bear arms say the justice system needs to keep criminals who use firearms in jail for their full sentence.
Carlton adds, "I think we set better examples on the punishment end rather than establishing new laws. I think once we make an example out of these criminals, they will get the message."
So for now, Georgians seem to support stronger enforcement of current laws without adding new gun restrictions. Authorities say criminals already go after stolen guns, so gun owners need to make sure they secure weapons in lock boxes.
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