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Gun waiting periods rare in US states but more may be coming

In this March 16, 2021, file photo, law enforcement officials confer outside a massage business...
In this March 16, 2021, file photo, law enforcement officials confer outside a massage business following a shooting in Atlanta. Hours before the deadly Atlanta-area shootings spread fear and anger through Asian American communities nationwide, police say the attacker legally bought a handgun. They said that within hours, he had killed eight people, seven of them women and six of Asian descent, in a rampage targeting massage businesses. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)(Brynn Anderson | Brynn Anderson/AP)
Published: Mar. 21, 2021 at 10:18 AM PDT
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Lawmakers and advocates say if the suspect in the deadly Atlanta-area shootings had been forced to wait before getting a gun, he might not have acted on his impulse.

Police say the suspect legally bought a 9 mm handgun not long before the attack, which spread fear and anger through Asian American communities nationwide.

Within hours, authorities say, he had killed eight people, seven of them women and six of Asian descent, in a rampage targeting massage businesses.

Georgia and some other states are looking to create or expand waiting periods. But gun rights groups are opposed, and the legislation may face an uphill battle.

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