Jordan Davis' mom opposes sweeping gun law

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Lucia McBath, the mother of slain teen Jordan Davis, joined MSNBC’s The Last Word Tuesday to discuss a new gun law that is about to be passed in her home state, Georgia.

The “Safe Carry Protection Act” would allow the carrying of firearms at churches, bars and airports. It would also allow convicted felons to avoid prosecution for the use of deadly force by invoking self-defense statutes, and it would lower the age to obtain a concealed weapon from 21 to 18.

“What we have on the floor before us now, the ‘guns everywhere’ bill, in conjunction with”Stand Your Ground,” these are bills that would dangerously expand the scope of behavior in the state of Georgia, allowing criminals, felons to be able to use guns, illegal guns and still use the “Stand Your Ground” statute,” McBath said.

McBath said she feels “the public’s safety is definitely at risk at this point if these kinds of measures are enacted.”

Her 17-year-old son, Jordan Davis, was shot and killed by Michael Dunn in November 2012 after an alleged confrontation about the teen and his group of friends playing loud music in a gas station parking lot. Dunn was found guilty on three counts of attempted murder, but there was a mistrial on the first-degree murder charge Dunn faced for Davis’ death.

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