The argument for real — and legal — fireworks in Georgia | Political Insider | www.ajc.com

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The argument for real — and legal — fireworks in Georgia | Political Insider | www.ajc.com

CHICKAMAUGA, Ga. — The Mullis family fireworks show, which would normally delight the neighbors this evening, has been postponed.

Not because of rain, but because of an excess of candor. Look for the explosions to resume in 2015.

Several months ago, pater familias Jeff Mullis, a Republican state senator, introduced a measure to legalize fireworks in Georgia. Not the glorified sparklers you now find at Target and Wal-Mart, but the kind that shoot high and then go “boom.”

The kind that are currently illegal in Georgia.

Mullis, a 13-year veteran of the state Capitol, launched his bill in March with a confession of criminality. “I have broken the law and have purchased fireworks in Cleveland, Tenn., and have displayed them in the field beside my house with some law enforcement people assisting me,” he said. “And it happens often, everywhere in Georgia.”

Honesty doesn’t often trump discretion in the Capitol. That time, it did, and today Mullis will pay the price. Out of respect for legal niceties, he will not drive across the state line, plunk down $400 to $500 for an assortment of made-in-China explosives, and head back home to delight his two youngest kids with the contraband.

No, tonight he will leave the illegality to a neighbor. “I may contribute to his fireworks effort — maybe give him $100 or so,” Mullis said.

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