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    hb 60 passed

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    uhhh what is it?

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    BREAKING: GA Passes “Most Extreme Pro-Gun Bill in the Country”
    March 20 2014
    by Dan Cannon
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    ga flag georgiaThis bill was actually called “the most extreme gun bill in the country” by Mom’s Demand Action and other anti-gun groups (of course, it’s not), so you know it has to be good.

    First off, a big shout out to the grassroots organization GeorgiaCarry.org. Their work over the last two years made the passage of this bill possible.

    Just yesterday I was lamenting Georgia’s legislative issues in getting a pro-gun bill passed the last couple of years.

    Tonight, literally in the 11th hour (GA’s legislative session ends for the year at midnight), the Georgia legislature passed HB60. The bill ended up with some compromises in it, but will expand the number of places Georgians can legally carry their firearms, legalize suppressors for hunting and cleans up/strengthens several other components of Georgia’s gun laws.

    One of the main points of the bill was to legalize the carry of lawful firearms in churches. Georgia is one of a minority of states that currently forbids licensed carriers from carrying in churches. This component of the bill ended up getting watered down and under this bill a church would have to “opt-in” to allow carry.

    The bill does expand the right to carry to bars as well as some government buildings.

    The bill also strengthens state preemption laws, preventing local governments from passing weapons/carry laws that are more strict than the states’.

    Here is a brief summary of some of the other things the bill would do, from the NRA-ILA,

    If passed and enacted into law, HB 60 would do the following:

    Remove fingerprinting for renewal of Weapons Carry Licenses (WCL).
    - Prohibit the state from creating and maintaining a database of WCL holders.
    - Create an absolute defense for the legal use of deadly force in the face of a violent attack.
    - Remove the sweeping restrictions on legally carrying a firearm with a WCL in churches and bars, leaving this decision to private property owners.
    - Lower the age to obtain a concealed WCL for self-defense from 21 to 18 for active duty military, with specific training.
    - Allows for the use of firearm sound suppressors while hunting.
    - Repeal the unnecessary and duplicative state-required license for a firearms dealer, instead requiring only a Federal Firearms License (FFL).
    - Prohibit a ban on firearms in public housing, ensuring that the right to self-defense should not be infringed based on where one calls home.
    - Codify the ability to legally carry, with a WCL, in sterile/non-secure areas of airports.
    - Include 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.
    - State 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.
    - Strengthen current firearms preemption statutes through further clarification of the regulatory authority of local governments, excluding firearm discharge ordinances.

    The bill will now go to Governor Nathan Deal, who can either sign it immediately, veto it, or do nothing, in which case the bill will become law after 40 days.

    This bill was heavily fought by national anti-gun groups such as Moms Demand Action and Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

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    House Bill 60 is just another Small Step in The Right Direction for Law-abiding Georgians' Whose Second Amendment Constitutional Rights have been Eroded for far too long.

    The Majority of States in This Country already Allow most of The Things that This Bill will now Allow in Georgia, and They also already have most of These Protections already Contained within Their Statutes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aadvark View Post
    House Bill 60 is just another Small Step in The Right Direction for Law-abiding Georgians' Whose Second Amendment Constitutional Rights have been Eroded for far too long.

    The Majority of States in This Country already Allow most of The Things that This Bill will now Allow in Georgia, and They also already have most of These Protections already Contained within Their Statutes.
    Amen to that. Some good progress here, especially getting bar carry decriminalized. We still need to get clean church carry, instead of the watered down "opt in" provision, which makes churches like bars are currently. Churches will have to positively give permission to licensed carriers. If the church is silent on it, it will still be against state law to carry in that church. We still need to go for campus carry. The Georgia university system Board of Regents, a powerful political force in the state, continues to stand in the way of this. And, we still need to clean up legal carry in government buildings. Some progress in the new law, since licensed carriers will be able to carry in government buildings without active security screening. But the courthouse definition still stands, and some buildings may house unadvertised court rooms, that may or may not have security screening. So, licensed gun carriers will have to be cautious still.
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