Georgia senator talks about state gun laws

Published: Feb. 18, 2017 at 11:56 PM EST
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Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- A grandfather was charged with delinquency of a minor after his grandson brought his gun to CT Walker Magnet School.

Reginald Farmer turned himself in Thursday night and released on bond only hours later.

In many states, parents or guardians would be responsible if they negligently stored their and a child got a hold of it, but not in Georgia.

State Senator Harold Jones said it's only illegal if the adult knowingly provides the gun to a minor.

"One of the keys things of that would be if he knew the child actually had it then he could possibly charged under that statue," Senator Jones said.

George Graham collects antique guns. He said he has six children and raised them to never play with guns.

"We taught them boundaries. No meant no. Not maybe. Not you can maybe a little. No means no," Graham said. "So we have to teach them boundaries, and with that they respect them. They respect their parents because they understand when you go over boundaries you have consequences."

Graham said when he heard a second grader brought a gun to school he questioned how the child got a hold of it.

"Where were the parents? And, why was this kid able to bring a gun from home to the school?," Graham said.

Graham said parents should be more responsible,

As for the law, Senator Jones said it probably won't change unless incidents like the one at CT Walker continue to happen.

"If something like this happens again, but this time there is an injury or death that occurs," Senator Jones. "Sometimes it takes things like that to spur change."

Graham said with or without a law, anyone who owns a gun should be trained and if they have kids, train them too.

"A gun by itself can't hurt anybody. A gun in the wrong hands can be catastrophic," Graham said.