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Earlier this month, Georgia lawmakers passed a sweeping gun bill, known as the "guns everywhere bill" allowing licensed owners to carry firearms in many churches, bars, and government buildings. One of the provisions allows school districts to let teachers carry guns. Commentator Celia Brewer draws on a personal experience when living in New Orleans to express her concern over expanding gun rights.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is asking the U.S. Supreme Court for more time to decide whether to appeal a lower court's order saying citizens should be allowed to publicly carry concealed guns.

Madigan already got one extension — until June 24 — to challenge the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that said a ban on concealed firearms is unconstitutional. Now she wants until July 24.

Madigan filed the request late Friday.

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When conducting a background check on a person buying a gun, Kentucky’s Attorney General said they’re still limited by the information available in the system.  And, with many mental health care providers already under a financial strain, Jack Conway said inputting all that data can be a hardship.

“Not only do those agencies have to provide mental health services, they have to interface with the data bases and law enforcement and provide the information and make sure it gets captured, make certain it’s available to people that need to access the information," He said. "So, we’re in the process of looking, making certain that all of our information is getting into the system,” said Conway.

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The difficulty over how lawmakers will craft a law allowing public possession of guns in Illinois has been clearly demonstrated on the House floor.

After being goaded by a Democrat, a pro-gun Republican got upset during a debate yesterday on legislation that would let local law enforcement officials decide who gets a permit to carry concealed weapons.

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U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk says he's disappointed that the Senate has rejected expanded background checks for gun purchases.

Kirk was one of four Republicans to vote in favor of the proposal, which failed Wednesday, 56-46. Five Senate Democrats voted against the measure.

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Before last year's elections, the executive director of the Tennessee Senate Republican Caucus obtained a copy of the entire database of handgun carry permit holders in the state.

On Wednesday, the GOP-controlled chamber voted to block public access to those records.

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Teachers in Tennessee with prior law enforcement experience would be allowed to carry a gun at school under a proposal that's advancing in the state legislature.

The measure passed the House Education Committee Tuesday.  The companion bill was approved in the Senate Judiciary Committee. 

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The Kentucky Senate is expected to vote on legislation focused on blocking any new federal gun control measures.  The measure is sponsored by Madison County Senator Jared Carpenter.

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Today on Sounds Good, we welcomed a panel of local representatives to speak about the issue of gun control from their respective areas of expertise. Our guests were Llena Chavis, licensed clinical social worker and a faculty member in Murray State's Department of Social Work; Dave Howe, Murray Police Department's Crime Prevention Sergeant; and Tracy McKinney, co-owner of First Choice Firearms in Murray. State Representative Mary Lou Marzian of Louisville was initially on the panel, but had to cancel to due to scheduling conflicts. Thank you to everyone who wrote to us or called in with questions.

Neither businesses nor firearms groups are pleased with a bill that passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee late yesterday. The “guns-in-trunks” legislation is headed to a vote of the full state Senate.

The head of the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce – Bill Ozier – told the panel that corporations see no need to expand the rights of gun owners. He also admitted businesses realize guns are already being stored in cars on their property.

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