Anti-Gun Groups Caught Lying About Georgia’s Pro-Gun Bill by Politifact

March 5 2014
by GSL Staff
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stock_P1020356We know that groups such as Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Moms Demand Action, and Gabby Gifford’s Americans for Responsible Solutions like to sensationalize things in order to meet their particular narrative about gun control.

In this case, they were caught over exaggerating the effects of a proposed gun bill in Georgia, HB 875, “The Safe Carry Protection Act”.

According to Politifact,

Among those lobbying to kill the bill is Americans for Responsible Solutions, a national group that former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords, D-Ariz., and her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, founded after her near-fatal shooting in January 2011.

In a press release and Iinternet video released Feb. 26, Giffords’ group urged Georgians to appeal to the state Senate and Gov. Nathan Deal to defeat the bill.

“Georgia lawmakers are now considering passing the most extreme gun bill in America,” Pia Carusone, the group’s executive director, said in the release…

…But there are pitfalls to calling anything the worst, the first or, in this case, the “most extreme.” The biggest being: “Can you prove it?” All we really have is Carusone’s statement that her group is following 200 bills acros the country and hasn’t seen any that have as “many extreme provisions” as Georgia’s. Supporting evidence is lacking.

We rate the statement Mostly False.

So what exactly does the bill do (also via Politifact)?

– Allow licensed gun carriers who accidentally bring a gun through airport security to leave, rather than face arrest.
– Remove the requirement of fingerprinting for renewal of weapons-carry licenses, saving applicants $45. A background check is still required;
– Prohibit the state from creating and maintaining a database of WCL holders;
– Remove the restrictions on legally carrying a registered firearm in churches and bars, leaving this decision to private property owners;
– Lower the age to obtain a concealed weapons-carry license for self-defense from 21 to 18 for honorably discharged veterans, with specific training;
– Authorize a licensed gun owner to carry a weapon in a government building that is not restricted or screened by security personnel. A person will not be guilty of a -violation if he or she immediately exits the building when notified of a failure to clear security. School safety zones are exempt;
– Allow local boards of education to authorize in writing for its personnel to have weapons in possession while in a school safety zone, school function, or school bus.

The bill’s language about airports, churches and bars are the most talked points among anti-gunners. However, over 40 states currently allow concealed carry in churches and bars with no issues. Those locations would also be free to forbid carry there if they so choose. Under current law, those private property owners have no rights to allow or disallow carry.

Airport carry in non secure parts of airports is currently completely legal under GA law. This bill would allow people who accidentally bring a gun through airport security to leave, rather than face arrest, if they have a valid carry permit.

Nothing in this bill is new. All of these actions are completely legal in many other areas of the country. In fact, many states have far better carry laws, including the states that currently allow carry without a license of any kind.

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