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jlw
03-21-2014, 11:35 AM
Last night, in the waning moments of the legislative session, GA HB60 (http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-us/display/20132014/hb/60) was passed. It awaits action by Governor Deal.

Bullet points from the bill: (disclaimer that I have not read the bill as passes in its entirety)

- remove fingerprinting requirement for GWCL renewals (saves citizen $42)
- allows for carry in government buildings without active security screening
- removes blanket prohibition from carry in places of worship and allows each congregation to decide the matter
- prohibits state from creating database of GWCL holders (Probabte judges issue the licenses)
- allows for carry in non-secured portions of airports
- allows for 18-20 year old military members to obatain GWCL (currently exempt in GA, will allow carry out of state)
- allows for use of suppressors when hunting
- removes governor's authority to restrict carry during emergencies (last governor vetoed bills with this in it)

I will be thoroughly reading the bill as there were some legislative shenanigans at play. The Senate tried to mess with things, but the House outmaneuvered them in the end. There are some provisions that were in the original bill that are very pertinent to 4th Amendment issues.

I'm presenting my class on the carry laws at a conference in August; so, I have some updating to do.

Bill Riehl
03-21-2014, 11:51 AM
Last night, in the waning moments of the legislative session, GA HB60 (http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-us/display/20132014/hb/60) was passed. It awaits action by Governor Deal.

Bullet points from the bill: (disclaimer that I have not read the bill as passes in its entirety)

- remove fingerprinting requirement for GWCL renewals (saves citizen $42)
- allows for carry in government buildings without active security screening
- removes blanket prohibition from carry in places of worship and allows each congregation to decide the matter
- prohibits state from creating database of GWCL holders (Probabte judges issue the licenses)
- allows for carry in non-secured portions of airports
- allows for 18-20 year old military members to obatain GWCL (currently exempt in GA, will allow carry out of state)
- allows for use of suppressors when hunting
- removes governor's authority to restrict carry during emergencies (last governor vetoed bills with this in it)

I will be thoroughly reading the bill as there were some legislative shenanigans at play. The Senate tried to mess with things, but the House outmaneuvered them in the end. There are some provisions that were in the original bill that are very pertinent to 4th Amendment issues.

I'm presenting my class on the carry laws at a conference in August; so, I have some updating to do.

Sounds like awesome news.

If Wilmington weren't doing such a truly awesome job right now, I'd bail out of here in a heartbeat.

RoyGBiv
03-21-2014, 11:53 AM
Nice.

I'm hopeful we'll see some progress in TX next year. We're falling behind here.

Jason F
03-21-2014, 11:55 AM
Yes, it is a very good day in Georgia for gun rights and for advocates of liberty. Of course there's always more that can be done, but HB60 is a good bill and it's been several years since we've made substantive gains on gun rights here in Georgia.

Sorry you're going to have updating to do on your class info, but it's for the better Chief! :)



The only question remaining is when will the governor sign it, and when will it become law. Generally legislation becomes law by July 1 of the year it's passed & signed, so we have to wait and see at the moment.

But indeed, the sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and the gun rights movement in Georgia is doing a pretty happy dance today. Thanks in VERY large part to the efforts of the folks at http://www.georgiacarry.org

jlw
03-21-2014, 12:47 PM
Sorry you're going to have updating to do on your class info, but it's for the better Chief! :)


I will happily do this update.

littlejerry
03-21-2014, 12:51 PM
Last night, in the waning moments of the legislative session, GA HB60 (http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-us/display/20132014/hb/60) was passed. It awaits action by Governor Deal.

Bullet points from the bill: (disclaimer that I have not read the bill as passes in its entirety)

- remove fingerprinting requirement for GWCL renewals (saves citizen $42)
- allows for carry in government buildings without active security screening
- removes blanket prohibition from carry in places of worship and allows each congregation to decide the matter
- prohibits state from creating database of GWCL holders (Probabte judges issue the licenses)
- allows for carry in non-secured portions of airports
- allows for 18-20 year old military members to obatain GWCL (currently exempt in GA, will allow carry out of state)
- allows for use of suppressors when hunting
- removes governor's authority to restrict carry during emergencies (last governor vetoed bills with this in it)

I will be thoroughly reading the bill as there were some legislative shenanigans at play. The Senate tried to mess with things, but the House outmaneuvered them in the end. There are some provisions that were in the original bill that are very pertinent to 4th Amendment issues.

I'm presenting my class on the carry laws at a conference in August; so, I have some updating to do.

I am so getting a .22lr suppressor now.

nyeti
03-21-2014, 12:59 PM
Awesome stuff. This is the kind of competition I want my State to be in.........who can come up with the best "real common sense" firearms policies.

Robinson
03-21-2014, 02:30 PM
Yep, this is really good news. It's hard to describe just how much better the laws are in Georgia since I moved here about 6 years ago. When I left Ohio they had recently made some significant improvements that made the situation in GA look somewhat bleak in comparison. That is no longer true.

SeriousStudent
03-21-2014, 02:57 PM
Excellent news, Chief. Good luck with your presentation.

That fingerprint fee sounds sorta high, I am glad that is not an obstacle now. I think I paid nine bucks the last time I had it done.

FredM
03-21-2014, 03:01 PM
Finally, this is firearms legislation that I support. :)

Tamara
03-21-2014, 03:19 PM
The word is spread.

GooberTim
03-23-2014, 08:54 PM
Last night, in the waning moments of the legislative session, GA HB60 (http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-us/display/20132014/hb/60) was passed. It awaits action by Governor Deal.
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I'm presenting my class on the carry laws at a conference in August; so, I have some updating to do.

Which has been as (or perhaps more) instrumental as changing the laws these last few years. When LEOs are enforcing old laws rather than the new and improved ones, the new laws do little good. That seems elementary, but we had a real problem here in Georgia until JLW lead the charge in this important endeavor. My hat's off to you, Chief!

jlw
03-24-2014, 08:38 AM
Which has been as (or perhaps more) instrumental as changing the laws these last few years. When LEOs are enforcing old laws rather than the new and improved ones, the new laws do little good. That seems elementary, but we had a real problem here in Georgia until JLW lead the charge in this important endeavor. My hat's off to you, Chief!

That's overstating my impact on the matter, but, hey, mutual love fest. :)

jlw
03-24-2014, 05:32 PM
Here is some more info:

The House passed HB875 (http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20132014/HB/875). The Senate stalled with some Senators trying to kill the bill; so, the House voted to attach all of the language from HB875 to HB60 which had already made it through the Senate. This maneuver sent HB60 straight back to the entire Senate bypassing the committee process and forced an on the record vote by the entire Senate.

The link in my OP only has the HB60 language. HB875 is in the paragraph above and has some really good stuff in it.