Georgia: Comprehensive Pro-Gun Law Takes Effect Today

From The DailyCaller, (NRA/ILA), 07/01/2014

HB 60, signed into law by Governor Nathan Deal (R) on April 23, enacts the following pro-gun reforms for law-abiding gun owners in Georgia:

  • Removes fingerprinting for renewal of Weapons Carry Licenses (WCL).
  • Prohibits the state from creating and maintaining a database of WCL holders.
  • Creates an absolute defense for the legal use of deadly force in the face of a violent attack.
  • Lowers the age to obtain a concealed WCL from 21 to 18 for active duty military with specific training.
  • Allows for the use of firearm sound suppressors while hunting.
  • Repeals the unnecessary and duplicative state-required license for a firearms dealer, instead requiring only a Federal Firearms License (FFL).
  • Prohibits a ban on firearms in public housing, ensuring that the right to self-defense should not be infringed based on where one calls home.
  • Codifies the ability to legally carry, with a WCL, in sterile/non-secure areas of airports.
  • Requires reporting of those persons who have been involuntarily hospitalized or have been adjudicated mentally deficient to the NICS system while also providing the ability for relief through an application process to the court system allowing for restoration of gun rights.
  • Protects the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners from being restricted or infringed by executive authority under a declared state of emergency.
  • Strengthens current firearms preemption statutes through further clarification of the regulatory authority of local governments, excluding firearm discharge ordinances.
  • Removes the sweeping restrictions on legally carrying a firearm with a WCL in bars, leaving this decision to private property owners.
  • Allows for churches to opt-in for legal carry with only a civil penalty of a $100 if a person happens to carry into a prohibited church unknowingly.

Your NRA-ILA thanks you for your active involvement during the 2014 legislative session, which helped ensure these measures became law.  As always, please stay tuned to for future updates.

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2 responses

  1. Texas – once again lagging way behind on the personal protection freedom front. One of the only states with an outright prohibition on open carry. Stupid restrictions on where one can/can’t carry with CHL (my life is worth less in the hospital?), etc. Maybe someday if we get rid of the useless Joe Strauss we can move forward a liberty-based agenda once more.

    1. Senator_Blutarsky

      Mr Felmey

      Texas rates @ #15 in the last firearms freedom survey.

      David Dewhurst and his puppet, Rick Perry have made sure Texans have to grovel for a permission slip to carry firearms, even moreso than Strauss.

      The original 1990s firearm movement was for full open or concealed carry, Vermont style. But the Bush regime and the NRA made sure one had to jump through hoops for a government granted “privilege” instead of exercising an UNALIENABLE ” RIGHT “.

      The right of a citizen to bear arms, in lawful defense of himself or the State, is absolute. He does not derive it from the State government. It is one of the high powers” delegated directly to the citizen, and `is excepted out of the general powers of government.’ A law cannot be passed to infringe upon or impair it, because it is above the law, and independent of the lawmaking power.

      – Cockrum v. State, 24 Tex. 394 [1859]

      Estes, King and the other faux conservatives masquerading as Republicans have no interest in expanding state recognition of correct firearm freedoms.

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