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9:25 PM, Dec 19, 2012   |    comments
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ATLANTA --  It is hard to find a state more conservative than Georgia when it comes to firearms as we witnessed at the Smyrna gun store, Aventure Outdoors.

Even talk of potentially tougher firearm legislation has people flocking to counters there and according to owner Jay Wallace,  many of them are saying, "be honest, tell us what you're really up to."

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"Why don't they just come out and say that, 'we want to disarm this country'. That's what they should do and that's what they're out to do, but they just want to take away a few rights at a time," said Wallace.

Whatever happens at the federal level, Georgia legislators are promising to address the issue of gun control here.  Senator Vincent Fort, (D) Atlanta, is already drafting a bill he plans to introduce.

"I want to ban assault weapons. I want to limit ammunition clips.  There's no reason in the world you need 20, 30 or 40 bullets in a clip," said Fort.

Talk of an assault weapons ban, which we temporarily had in the 1990s, has spurred on many to buy them while they can.  There were people lined up at Adventure Outdoors for specifically those guns.  Customer Greg Hammond said he'd been to four stores and they were already out of assault weaons.

"I'm afraid they're going to be gone and they'll be very difficult to get a hold of here very, very soon.  That's why I'm running around while I should be at work," said Hammond.

Whatever the reason for wanting an assualt rifle, there are parents who say given that there has been yet another school shooting it is time for discussion and some compromise between rights and common sense.

Valerie Hartman is a mom who believes there should be a multi pronged approach to addressing violence in our nation, but believes a few things should be done immediately.

"There's no reason assault weapons should be available to the public.  I think they're valuable for our military, but no one needs an AK-47 for hunting.  These guns are strictly for killing people and the question is whether you want our neighborhoods filled with them. I think we, as a society, are better than that," said Hartman.

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