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Johnson, Carter at odds over gun proposal

Camie Young

Camie Young

There's a gun battle brewing in the Congressional District 4 race.

U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson introduced the Airport Security Act of 2010, a reaction to Georgia's recent concealed weapons bill that would make it against the law to carry guns in airport terminals, lobbies, baggage claim areas, ticket counters and outside in pick-up and drop-off areas.

The pending Georgia law made it legal for people with concealed carry permits to have a gun in the nonsecure areas of airports, but Johnson said his bill would improve safety.

"We live in a post-9/11 world where terrorists continue to look at planes and airports as prime targets," said Johnson, a Democrat. "It defies logic that we would we allow anyone other than law enforcement officials to carry a loaded gun within an airport? This bill is simply common sense."

Liz Carter, one of several Republicans seeking to unseat Johnson, said his bill defies the Second Amendment.

"The tragic events of Sept. 11 were not the acts of gunmen taking hostages and hijacking airplanes with the use of firearms," Carter said. "Using 9/11 as a justification shows a lack of memory and reason. Those terrorists used box cutters. It is an exercise of disrespectful disinformation to paint the citizens of Georgia as potential terrorists. National studies show that criminal behavior of virtually any measurable type diminishes where gun permits flourish."

Carter said Johnson is "weak" in supporting Second and Tenth Amendment rights.

"Now he has genuinely gone on the offensive to attack our rights and make criminal our freedom to defend ourselves from crime," she said. "There is no justifiable reason for right-thinking people to support Johnson's damning legislative agenda."

Independent campaign

Peachtree Corners resident Brooke Nebel is staging an independent campaign for State House.

Nebel said she is collecting signatures to join the District 51 race, where incumbent Tom Rice already faces a primary challenger. She has until July to collect 1,500 signatures.

"I want to effectively represent everyone in my district and I feel that I can accomplish this by being an independent legislator who can work with all members of the GA General Assembly, regardless of party affiliation," Nebel wrote in an e-mail.

She said she hopes to speak at a United Peachtree Corners Civic Association forum, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Peachtree Corners Hilton.

For more information, go to www.voteforbrooke.com.

District 4 events

District 4 Commission candidate Tommy Hunter will meet with voters today, at a meet and greet hosted by Don and Lynda Owen.

Free food and drinks will be served a the Owens home at 3475 Duncan Bridge Drive in Buford.

"Tommy will be a no-nonsense, common-man voice so desperately needed on the Gwinnett County Commission," Lynda Owen said.

Donations will be accepted, but aren't required.

Next weekend, voters can meet another candidate, as Ron Silver will be participating in a Memorial Day barbecue fundraiser.

The 2 p.m. May 31 event will be at the Braselton home of Gary and Irene Kart at 2452 Autumn Maple Drive.

RSVP is required for the event, which costs $25 per adult or $40 per couple, with children under 18 eating free.

Contact the Karts at 770-967-3901 or Ikart1@aol.com.

Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.