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Georgia Gun Bill Gets Held Up

A controversial gun bill in Georgia gets held up, in the wake of the Virginia Tech deadly shooting. The bill would give gun owners more freedoms with where they can store their weapons.

At Range Control Gun Shop, the Virginia Tech tragedy isn't far from their minds.

That's why employees agree with the Georgia Senate's decision to postpone a controversial gun bill, when much of the country is still reeling from the shooting.

"They can sit there and say, either put an educated vote on it, or an emotional gut feeling vote," said gun shop employee Phillip Berger.

The massacre has heightened the country's awareness on gun control.

But Lumpkin Police Chief Jay Stripling, who took a bullet in a police shootout two summers ago, believes no gun law will stop a murderer.

"People who have the idea they want to take another human life, they're going to take that whether it's with a firearm, chainsaw, vehicle, or whatever they can get," said Chief Stripling.

The Georgia bill would let drivers keep their weapons anywhere in their car, instead of in plain sight.

The second part would let employees keep a gun in their car at work, despite what their employer has to say.

"Employers, like we discussed earlier, cannot take away your right and use the law to make it say one thing or another to make it better for their position," said Berger.

While many people are for gun control, some say in the wake of the Virginia shooting, they would rather have a weapon nearby.

"You never can tell when you're going to meet a situation where you'll need it," said Ray Guesd, a Columbus resident.

State Representative Tim Bearden, who originally sponsored the gun bill, says he's upset with the Senate's decision to delay the vote.

Bearden says the gun bill would make it easier for people to defend themselves in similar attacks like the one in Virginia.

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