BREAKING: Georgia Governor Nathan Deal Will Sign Expansive Pro-Gun Bill at Ceremony Next Week

April 18 2014
by GSL Staff
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ga flag georgiaLast month, the Georgia state legislature passed a bill that will greatly expand gun rights in the Peach State.

For the last several weeks, there has been little word from the governor’s office about when, or if, the governor would sign the bill. If the bill was left unsigned it would automatically take effect later this year.

Now we have an answer. According to a Facebook post by the grassroots gun rights organization (go give them a Like, they do great work), members of GCO were invited by the governor’s office to attend a signing ceremony next week. This should put to rest any questions about the bill.

The bill, HB60, faced an uncertain future in the state legislature and was the subject of internal party politics and required some legislative maneuvering by the bill’s supporters in order to get it passed (this shouldn’t be the case in a GOP super-majority legislature).

HB60 does several things to expand gun rights, especially carry rights, in Georgia, from a previous article,

– 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 (churches must “opt-in” to allow carry).
– 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.

We’re glad to hear the governor will be signing the bill and doing so at a public, media attended ceremony.

Here is the info for the signing ceremony, if any Georgians would like to attend:

What: Bill Signing Ceremony for HB 60, The Safe Carry Protection Act of 2014
When: Wednesday, April 23, 12:00 p.m. (noon)
Who: Speaker Ralston
Governor Nathan Deal
Members of the General Assembly
Where: ETC Pavilion on the Coosawattee River
255 Legion Road
Ellijay, Georgia 30540

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