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State legislative leaders weigh in on gun control

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State lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are weighing in on gun violence in Georgia.

Democratic lawmakers have introduced bills to ban assault weapons while a Republican lawmaker has filed a measure to expand gun owners' rights.

The most controversial bills would eliminate the ban on guns in houses of worship and on college campuses.

Legislative leaders from both parties may have little desire to tackle an issue as controversial as gun violence in the wake of the tragedy in Newtown, CT.

"I would hope, in the wake of the tragic slaying of 20 school children, we would take those bills and put them in a dead end alley," said state Sen. Nan Orrock, D-Atlanta, one of the highest ranking Democrats in the assembly.     

"That's a very dangerous situation," said state Sen. Butch Miller, R-Gainesville. "We need to move into those areas very cautiously."

When asked if he would eliminate the gun bans, Miller responded, "I don't know what it is. At the moment, probably not. But we'd have to know the details."

Freshman state Rep. Charles Gregory, who introduced the bills to eliminate the gun bans, defended his proposals, saying, "You don't check you constitutional rights at the door when you go to church."

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