Community discusses new Georgia gun law at gun violence forum

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Community members gather to offer solutions for what they call a growing problem with gun violence.

Macon-Bibb commissioner Al Tillman hosted Thursday night’s forum.

One of the big topics included a discussion on the new Georgia law allowing guns in places where they were once banned.

It gives local officials the authority to decide whether people can carry guns inside certain buildings.

“The last few years I’m not sure if we’ve all felt that sense of security, and I want that sense of security back for my community–the community that raised me and the community where I live and serve,” said State Rep. Nikki Randall (GA-142).

Randall says she voted against the law.

She hopes the community will continue to fight for stricter gun laws.

Others in favor of the law argue its beneficial if people receive gun training.

“The law ought to have that in it that you have to have training before you get your carry license that’s just something I’ve believed in for a long time,” said Eagle Gun Range owner Hamp Dowling. “Most states who will issue a handgun carry license require training of some type–Georgia you do not have to have training.”

Dowling believes gun violence could be reduced if gun laws could be enforced better.

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