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Fulton Commissioners Express Support for Firearm Restrictions | Print |

At their March 7, 2018 meeting, legislation sponsored by Fulton County Chairman Robb Pitts was approved by the Board of Commissioners by a 5-0 vote and calls upon state and federal officials to ban the sale of assault weapons and tighten restrictions on gun sales.   The resolution also formally expresses the County’s sympathy with the victims of the recent mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida while working to maintain the Second Amendment Rights of Fulton County citizens.

“We have a real opportunity to reduce gun violence and prevent mass killings,” said Chairman Pitts. “This is a time for leaders in government and business to come together for action. Young people are watching and waiting.”
The resolution specifically asks state and federal officials to:
• Ban the sale of “assault-style” weapons
• Increase the minimum age for all gun sales to 21
• End the sale of bump stocks and high-capacity magazines
• Tighten restrictions for those with mental illness seeking to buy guns
• Strengthen background checks and create a universal database of those restricted from buying firearms
Chairman Pitts also asked retailers to follow the lead of Dick’s Sporting Goods and Walmart, two of the nation’s largest gun sellers, who are already making changes to their firearms sales policies.  
According to the Gun Violence Archive, there were 9 mass shootings in Georgia in 2017, defined as a shooting in which more than two people were killed or injured. Four of these shootings occurred in Fulton County.   Nationwide, the most current available data from the CDC shows that gun-related deaths are on the rise, with more deaths in 2017 than in 2016.

For more information, visit Fulton County’s website at www.fultoncountyga.gov or connect with Fulton County government on Twitter at @FultonInfo or Facebook at @fultoninfo


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