Georgia Woman Pushes for Law Banning Purchase of Guns During Divorce

Georgia Woman Pushes for Law Banning Purchase of Guns During Divorce

A bill that would prevent spouses in a divorce process from buying guns is being pushed by Assistant District Attorney April Ross.

According to the New York Daily News Ross was shot by her husband, Tranard McConnell just days after filing for divorce in April 2014. Investigators say McConnell then shot himself and was found dead in a graveyard.

A Marietta senator filed the bill.

“Divorces and separations are volatile times, high emotions, and the escalation can go from zero to 100,” April Ross said WSBTV. “It’s a no-brainer. That’s a dangerous time for someone who’s trying to get out of a relationship.”

The bill comes in a time when gun control debate is at its highest — following the San Bernardino, California, attacks — and is already being met by gun lobbyists. Georgia’s registered gun rate is high, with more than 145,400 registered, NY Daily News reported.

Gun rights group Georgia Carry thinks the law takes away a citizen’s constitutional rights.

“Many times emotions run high during divorce proceedings, but prohibiting any disarmed person from their Second Amendment right is not the proper method to attack the issue,” the group said.

The law isn’t about not having the right to purchase a gun, but it is an “extra step” in protecting lives, according to Ross. She claims that the attack, which left her paralyzed, was premeditated.

April Ross is ready to meet in the middle, saying that even a law to notify one spouse if the other is buying a weapon would suffice.

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