Lawmaker introduces ‘anti-red flag’ bill in Georgia to combat gun control proposals

first_imgKameleon007/iStock(ATLANTA) — A legal fight could be brewing in Georgia after a General Assembly member introduced a measure to restrict any potential “red-flag” gun laws from being enacted.The bill’s sponsor, Republican state Rep. Ken Pullin, is calling the measure the “Anti-Red Flag — Second Amendment Conservation Act.” It comes as the state and Congress consider legislation allowing judges to empower law enforcement to remove guns from individuals deemed a threat to themselves or others.Pullin’s bill, which has six co-sponsors, would make it illegal to enforce those laws in Georgia, establishing a maximum penalty of three years in prison and a $5,000 fine.“It is the responsibility of the General Assembly to protect the people of Georgia when unconstitutional legislation is passed and signed into law, or executive orders are issued by the United States Federal Government that infringes upon or interferes with people’s preexisting rights and liberties guaranteed by the United States Constitution,” reads the text of the bill, which was introduced Monday.Georgia state Rep. Matthew Wilson, a Democrat, last year introduced a red-flag bill that would have allowed family members or law enforcement officers to petition a judge to remove guns from potentially dangerous individuals — people who’ve made explicit threats, have mental health issues or have inflicted self harm. That bill also had six co-sponsors.Pullin’s office didn’t immediately return a request for comment from ABC News. He told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution he was unsure if his bill would pass, but he wanted to send a message and push back against red-flag proposals.Jonathan Lowy, chief legal counsel for the Brady Campaign, called Pullin’s bill one of the most outrageous pieces of legislation he’s ever seen.“It would put law enforcement officers in a position where they would either have to neglect to do the job they are sworn to do, or go into prison,” he said.Lowy, who’s led lawsuits against anti-gun control measures, said he would be keeping an eye on the Georgia bills and would not rule out legal action if Pullin’s bill were enacted with its current language.Seventeen states and the District of Columbia have passed red-flag laws amid growing calls to curb mass shootings. In Florida, authorities removed 2,227 guns from individuals from March 2018, when the state’s red-flag law was enacted, to July 2019, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.Legislation in Congress to enact nationwide red-flag laws has stalled recently, even with bipartisan support for such measures previously. In August, President Donald Trump expressed support for such laws.At the same time, several American towns, particularly in Virginia, declare themselves “Second Amendment sanctuaries,” where they have declared to oppose state and federal laws that would limit the sale and ownership of guns.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Mother, daughter, vulcaniser burnt as tanker explodes in Ogun

first_imgRelatedPosts Crawford University appoints new V-C, other principal officers Ogun workers call off warning strike 50-year-old woman faces N2.4m American visa fraud charge A woman, her daughter and a vulcaniser on Saturday suffered varying degrees of burns after a petrol-laden tanker fell and exploded at Atatun, Ijaiye-Tutun in Abeokuta, Ogun State on Friday evening. According to an eyewitness, the victims were immediately rushed to the Federal Medical Centre, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta. No fewer than five houses and several shops were burnt in the incident. An eyewitness, who simply identified herself as Olufote, told newsmen that the incident happened when a fuel tanker suffered a flat tyre. She said the driver had parked beside the road to fix the flat tyre unaware that he was parking in a sloppy area. The eyewitness added that as he was alighting the vehicle to negotiate with a vulcaniser beside the road, the tanker tilted and the container fell. Olufote said: “The tanker had a flat tyre and in the process of trying to fix it, the tanker exploded and even the vulcaniser who was to work on the tyre was affected. “The vulcaniser was fixing a motorcycle tyre when the tanker exploded. “There were many houses that were affected, with some burnt to ashes. “In fact, a mosque was also affected.” Babatunde Akinbiyi, the Public Relations Officer of the Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps, confirmed the incident to NAN on Saturday. Akinbiyi said the fire was later put out after some houses had been burnt. The TRACE spokesman stated that the tanker driver erroneously parked in a sloppy area while trying to fix his tanker’s tyre. According to him, the container removed from the hook, fell and exploded. He said the fire was put out on Saturday night.Tags: AbeokutaIddi-AbaOgun Statelast_img read more

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Men’s basketball is off to best start since 2001 with weekend wins

first_imgDialing it up from 3-point range was the mantra for the men’s basketball team this past weekend, as it defeated both SMU and UC Santa Barbara in a pair of games at the Galen Center. With a hard fought 78-73 win over SMU on Friday night and a 96-72 victory against visiting UC Santa Barbara (0-5) Sunday, the Trojans improved to 6-0 on the season — the best start for the team since the 2000-2001 season, when the team started 8-0.In both its victories, USC shot a combined 26-of-59 (44 percent) from behind the 3-point line. In Sunday’s victory, the Trojan offense was dominated by shooting three-point field goals — 35 of USC’s 61 shots attempted against UC Santa Barbara came from beyond the 3-point line. “We were just playing with the flow of the game. If we’re knocking down three’s, we’re going to keep shooting them,” said junior guard Jordan McLaughlin, who was 3-for-3 from 3-point range against UC Santa Barbara Sunday. “[UC Santa Barbara] was playing a lot of zone defense tonight, and we were able to hit our shots; we just try to play fast and unselfish basketball.”Sophomore forward Bennie Boatwright shot 9-of-18 from beyond the arc over the two games this weekend. In both Friday and Sunday’s games, Boatwright was the leading scorer for USC, recording game-highs in scoring against SMU and UC Santa Barbara with 17 and 21 points, respectively. “He was much more fluid tonight. He was quicker with his decision-making. He shot the ball well,” head coach Andy Enfield said. “He’s getting back to where he needs to be.” In Sunday’s victory against the Gauchos, sophomore forward Chimezie Metu filled the stat sheet, recording 15 points, five rebounds, three blocks and three assists. Metu — who struggled as a free throw shooter in his freshman season, but has shown consistent improvement as a sophomore — went 7-of-8 from the foul line against UC Santa Barbara Sunday. As has become routine early on this season, USC’s freshmen performed well throughout the weekend. On Friday against SMU, freshman guard De’Anthony Melton scored a career-high 15 points, reeled in a team-high six rebounds and recorded five assists. Melton followed that performance up on Sunday against Santa Barbara by scoring six points, recording five assists and grabbing three rebounds. Melton also had four steals on Sunday — he currently leads the Pac-12 in steals with 18 so far this season.“Anytime you can generate steals or blocked shots it can lead to good opportunities in transition,” Enfield said. “When [Melton] is able to create those opportunities, you see our offense flowing at a much more efficient rate.” Freshman guard Jonah Mathews also recorded a career-high 14 points on 3-of-4 shooting from the field against SMU; he went 7-of-10 from the free throw line. On Sunday, freshman forward Niko Rakocevic scored 6 of his 8 points late in the second half, as the Trojans widened their lead on Santa Barbara. Rakocevic pulled in four rebounds Sunday and recorded a blocked shot. Scoring surges in the second half were essential for the Trojans in both of their victories this weekend. After ending the first half against SMU with a slim 28-27 lead, USC went on an 11-0 second half run that eventually led it to victory. Against UC Santa Barbara, USC outscored the Guachos 53-34 in the second half to put the contest out of reach. As it built its lead in the second half against Santa Barbara, USC outrebounded the Gauchos by a margin of 21-12 to close out the game.Sunday’s game against UC Santa Barbara closed out a three-game home stand for the Trojans, who will now hit the road to take on the University of San Diego at Jenny Craig Pavilion on Wednesday.last_img read more

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