Georgia lawmakers return to the State Capitol this week, and several bills that would expand gun rights are up for consideration.
As efforts are underway in Washington to expand gun restrictions, bills being considered in Georgia would enhance access to guns. One of those bills is being debated on the Senate floor Monday.
The bill proposed by Republican Senator Frank Ginn would remove restrictions on licensed out-of-state gun owners, and eliminate bans on guns in public housing. It also repeals state regulations of firearms dealers, which he says are duplicated by federal law.
Gun safety advocates warned senators of potential trouble from loosening gun restrictions, especially involving younger gun owners.
"That raises very serious questions about maturity, about experience, about carrying firearms in public when the public doesn't know that firearms are around," said Alice Johnson of Georgians for Gun Safety.
The measure passed the Senate by a vote of 41 to 10. It now goes into consideration by the Georgia House.
Another major bill on gun rights is scheduled to go before a House committee on Monday afternoon, but Republican leaders have indicated they do not expect big changes to Georgia's gun laws.