Lawmaker seeks exemptions for guns made, sold in Ga.

Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013 7:25 AM
Last updated 7:53 PM
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ATLANTA -- Guns made in Georgia and sold only within the state would be exempt from federal rules or registration under House Bill 89, introduced this week.

Rep. Tommy Benton, R-Jefferson, said the state could choose to institute its own regulation of firearms for those that would not be covered under federal law, should his bill pass.

“Basically, the bill is saying the interstate-commerce clause (of the U.S. Constitution) doesn’t apply to these weapons,” he said.

The Constitution grants sole power to the federal government to oversee the sales of goods and services across state lines, known as interstate commerce. It was originally designed to prevent states from imposing tariffs on each other’s’ goods, but in the last 50 years, it has been used to control activities from racial segregation to health care.

Benton argues that as long as these weapons aren’t sold out of state, the federal rules should not apply to them.

In the aftermath of the shooting of 26 people at a school in Connecticut, President Barack Obama and others have called for greater controls on guns.

“I don’t agree with the rhetoric coming out of Washington that we need more gun laws,” Benton said.

His is one of several proposals pending in the Legislature that would relax gun controls. At the same time, there are alternative proposals that would toughen them.

None have been schedule for consideration in the committees they have been assigned to.

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OpenCurtain 01/31/13 - 09:30 am
Has been done by other states

as a way to protect their citizenry from over reaching Federal laws and Executive Orders.

I think it was Montana, that was the 1st to do it just last year.

I support it.

itsanotherday1 01/31/13 - 09:48 am
All the feds would do is the

All the feds would do is the same as they did with with speed limits and BAC; withhold funds if you didn't comply.

LLArms 01/31/13 - 11:07 am
Now they just need to pass a

Now they just need to pass a similar law to class III items so us lowly citizens don't have to wait 6+ months and pay the feds $200 to get our suppressors or make SBRs.

Never understood why a suppressor made in GA is subject to the waiting line known as the BATFE.

overburdened_taxpayer 01/31/13 - 11:59 am

if the fed withholds money from the state we could institute a law in Georgia that ALL money paid to the feds (income tax, sales tax, etc) be required to be paid through the state. The state, therefore, would have an avenue to withhold money from the feds as well.

Probably would never happen but wouldn't it be fun to try. Keeping the feds money in GA may also boost our state's economy.

GnipGnop 01/31/13 - 12:17 pm

institute a state land tax for any federal property located in the state. Didn't the SCOTUS just say that any tax was legal?

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