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Americans’ Gun Rights Hang on the Results of the Two Georgia Senate Runoff Elections

Jon Ossoff

Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Jon Ossoff cleans the microphone after speaking at a news conference on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, in Atlanta. He is facing Republican Sen. David Perdue, a top Trump ally, in a Jan. 5, 2021 runoff. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Republicans currently hold 50 seats in the upcoming US Senate. To secure control of the upper body along with the ability to block a Biden administration’s worst impulses regarding firearms and gun rights (which would include an “assault weapons” ban, “high capacity” magazine ban, PLCAA repeal, gun owner licensing, gun purchase limits and much, much more) the GOP will need to win at least one of the two pending runoff elections in Georgia.

Democrat Jon Ossoff is running against David Perdue. The other race is incumbent Senator Kelly Loeffler against Democrat challenger Raphael Warnock. Both Republican candidates lead in the early polls (but bit of information isn’t worth the price of the electrons used to post that on your screen).

“I support a ban on the sale of semi-automatic rifles (“assault weapons”) and high-capacity magazines to the general public,” [Jon] Ossoff said in his gun policy platform. However, he did not describe what capacity qualifies gun magazines to be “high-capacity.”

Explaining his position on banning semi-automatic rifles and magazines above a certain capacity, Ossoff’s platform states, “Americans who would purchase high-powered weapons derived from modern military technology should be required to demonstrate high qualification and compelling specific needs.”

A risk-based gun removal law, often referred to as “Extreme Risk Protective Orders” or more commonly as “Red Flag laws” are laws that permit police or family members of a gun owner to petition a court to remove a gun owner’s firearms if that gun owner is deemed to present a risk of harm to themselves or others, even though they have broken no laws.

“Most gun owners are responsible, qualified, and own weapons in good faith,” Ossoff added. “However, the only objective of the firearms industry lobbyists is to drive up gun sales and enrich shareholders — even at the expense of public safety and common sense.”

– Ryan Morgan in GA Senate candidate Ossoff wants to ban semi-auto rifles, ‘high-capacity’ magazines, and more

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