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Bill aims to ban sale of "assault weapons" across state

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Assault weapons, as well as large-capacity magazines, and certain types of bullets could be banned from sale in Georgia if a state representative has her way.

State Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver's bill, HB731, calls to prohibit "the possession, sale, transport, distribution, or use of certain assault weapons, large capacity magazines, armor-piercing bullets, and incendiary .50 caliber bullets." 

Oliver, D-Decatur, introduced the bill for consideration in the 2016 Legislative session.

A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Article 4 of Chapter 11 of Title 16 of the O.C.G.A., relating to dangerous instrumentalities and practices, so as to prohibit the possession, sale, transport, distribution, or use of certain assault weapons, large capacity magazines, armor-piercing bullets, and incendiary .50 caliber bullets; to provide for crimes involving the possession, sale, transport, distribution, or use of certain assault weapons, large capacity magazines, armor-piercing bullets, and incendiary .50 caliber bullets; to provide for criminal penalties; to designate certain weaponry and ammunition as contraband and to require seizure of such by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

"Many of the semi automatic weapons banned in this bill are dangerous to our society," said State Rep. Oliver.

Executive director of Georgia Carry, Jerry Henry disagreed.

"What they’re trying to ban is a modern sporting rifle. It's not an assault weapon, nobody uses that kind of weapon for an assault rifle," said Henry.

State representative Oliver has a hearing on the issue coming up. She said she's optimistic the bill won't get shot down.

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