Georgia Passes Historic Gun Rights Bill
I shoot my Samick takedown recurve bow in my front yard and practice with my hand guns and other weapons in the woods behind me, and I live on a fairly busy street not far from a major high school and middle school. The police station is a half-mile from my house.
Nobody pays any attention.
My business partner owns Liberty Guns. On our semi-regular “Man Night,” a group of us smoke cigars, shoot our various weapons, watch a man-movie, and indulge in adult beverages.
I’m convinced that the regular gun fire around where I live (it’s not just me) keeps the bad guys away.
Liberals are upset with a sweeping new set of gun laws that was just been passed in Georgia.
It doesn’t seem to upset them that criminals don’t pay attention to gun laws. They keep restricting law-abiding citizens thereby making them less free and at the mercy of criminals.
Georgia HB60 passed 112-58.
The compromise by the House and Senate brought the following changes:
- Removal of fingerprinting for renewal of Weapons Carry Licenses (WCL).
- Prohibiting the state from creating and maintaining a database of WCL holders.
- Creation of an absolute defense for the legal use of deadly force in the face of a violent attack.
- Removal of the sweeping restrictions on legally carrying a firearm with a WCL in churches and bars, leaving this decision to private property owners.
- Lowering the age to obtain a concealed WCL for self-defense from 21 to 18 for active duty military, with specific training.
- Repealing the unnecessary and duplicative state-required license for a firearms dealer, instead requiring only a Federal Firearms License (FFL).
- Prohibiting a ban on firearms in public housing, ensuring that the right to self-defense should not be infringed based on where one calls home.
- Codifying the ability to legally carry, with a WCL, in sterile/non-secure areas of airports.
- Including a provision that would have the state report those persons who have been involuntarily hospitalized or have been adjudicated mentally deficient to the NICS system while also providing an ability for relief through an application process to the court system for the purpose of restoration of rights.
- Stating that under a declared state of emergency, all law-abiding gun owners will not have their Second Amendment rights restricted or infringed by executive authority through Emergency Powers protection.
- Strengthening current firearms preemption statutes through further clarification of the regulatory authority of local governments, excluding firearm discharge ordinances.
Republican Gov. Nathan Deal, who plans to run for re-election in November, must sign the bill before it becomes law. Deal has supported loosening gun restrictions. This earned him an “A” rating from the NRA.
Jerry Henry, executive director of Georgia Carry stated on MSNBC, the “bill means that if you are one who likes to protect yourself, that you have a whole lot more places to protect yourself. It means that if you’re a bad guy, you might want to think about going into some of those places.”
I’m so glad I moved to Georgia in 1979.