Three Gun Bills Advance in Georgia--very interesting

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tparty
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Three Gun Bills Advance in Georgia--very interesting

Post by tparty » 17 Mar 2011, 06:19

Three Georgia gun bills have advanced successfully (i.e., before the crossover date deadline) from the State Senate to the State House:

SB 26 (eliminates Katrina provisions): Makes it illegal for anyone in any official capacity during a declared emergency to:
  • * Temporarily or permanently seize firearms, other than as evidence in a criminal investigation;
    * Require registration of any firearm for which registration is not required;
    * Prohibit the carrying of firearms by any person otherwise authorized to carry firearms under Article 4 of Chapter 11 of this title, solely because such person is operating under the direction, control, or supervision of an agency of the state or political subdivision thereof during a declared official state of emergency.
    * Allows anyone who is subject to any of the above actions to bring suit and, if the suit is found in favor of the person bringing the action, for the attorney fees to be paid by the municipality which violated the law.
SB98 (eliminates many of the remaining licensed carry provisions): Persons holding valid weapons carry licenses shall not be authorized to carry firearms in:
  • * Courthouses;
    * Prisons, jails, and detention centers;
    * School safety zones as such term is defined in paragraph (1) of subsection (a) of Code Section 16-11-127.1;
    * On the premises of a nuclear power facility.
SB102 (eliminates many of the licensed carry provisions): Persons holding valid weapons carry licenses shall be authorized to carry firearms in:
  • * Unsecure areas of Hartsfield Jackson International Airport;
    * Churches that have so deemed it permissible;
    * people driving through schools to pick up or drop off students.
Interestingly, the NRA only reported on SB102, which is actually redundant and more restrictive than SB98 and has already been addressed by prior legislation. Neither of the first two bills is reported on their website. This is similar to what happened last year with SB291 (NRA-supported) and SB308 (not NRA-supported).

I don't want to start another debate about the NRA vs. grass-roots organizations (I'm a member of both), but it's certainly interesting. In any case, I urge everyone in Georgia to contact their state representative to support the three bills.

tparty
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Re: Three Gun Bills Advance in Georgia--very interesting

Post by tparty » 26 Mar 2011, 14:23

Update: The bills are now in the house in committee. A couple of them were amended in committee (Senate side) before moving over to the house. The good news is that both of the affected bills are in the right committee--the chairman is a member of our state level 2nd amendment grass roots organization and definitely 'gets it'. Bottom line: Both bills will probably be held over to the 2nd half of the session and altered in committee before going before the full house. For example one change we're working on is the elimination of the 'gun free school zone' carry prohibition from one bill, which would only leave three non-carry locations in the state: nuclear power plants, court and prison. This means the rest of the state would be in bounds for licensed citizens (other than federal government offices, of course). There's lots of work going on behind the scenes.

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