ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) -- State Senator Donzella James, D-South Fulton, says she believes in the right to bear arms, but not automatic guns
"I am only talking about those weapons that shoot multiple rounds. I’m not taking anyone’s second amendment rights, in fact, I’m a gun carrier myself," explained James.
She has filed a bill (SB281) to make it illegal to possess or sell working automatic weapons.
“It’s a ban on all the automatic weapons if you are not law enforcement or you are not military,” James told CBS46.
The bill also requires all gun vendors to lock up and shackle all guns when their stores are closed. At gun sales and at gun and trade shows, sellers must use the National Instant Criminal Background checks
On the other hand, there are equally passionate efforts to increase gun access. Self-proclaimed constitutionalist Rep. Matt Gurtler, R-Tiger, wants to take away licensing requirements for eligible gun owners.
“We don’t think it’s right or moral that Georgians would be charged a tax or fee to exercise for a natural right of self-defense,” Gurtler told CBS46. “If you are legally allowed to own a firearm, you should be legally allowed to carry that firearm in the state of Georgia, without having to get a license for it,” he said.
There are more than 23 gun bills in the state legislature right now. Pushing this type of legislation for James has come at a cost, James tells CBS46.
“I know it’s going to be an uphill battle,” James said. “I’ve gotten death threats already for this, terroristic threats, even in black and white—they are sending it to me in the mail. The other night they called me and they said I know where you live and I’m outside in front of your house, get rid of that gun bill,”
James showed CBS46 several threatening texts and emails from people who are apposed to her bill. There is even a Youtube video dedicated to bashing the bill and its sponsor. James for a moment considered pulling her bill, but decided not to give up.
“At first I said do I need to not put this bill in because they’re going to trying to hurt me because of it?” James recalled. “But so many children are dying. Mothers are crying all over this nation,” she added saying she was not deterred.