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GA: Weapons Law Reform Passes Committee (HB 875)
Gun Watch ^ | 9 February, 2014 | Dean Weingarten

Posted on 02/08/2014 7:27:14 AM PST by marktwain

Georgia's Public Safety and Homeland Security committee has passed HB 875,  a reform of the state's weapon laws.    The bill has been characterized by as removing restrictions on the legal carry of guns in "bars, churches, and some government buildings."   College students who have a permit to carry a weapon, and who violate the ban on carrying on campus, would have the penalty for doing so reduced to a maximum fine of $100.  From

The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Rick Jasperse, R-Jasper, said college students have Second Amendment rights, too.
However, the bill reforms Georgia weapons law in many other areas as well.   According to,  these reforms are included:

My reading of HB 875's text confirms the NRAILA analysis.  The bill has moved rapidly through the committee, with strong support during the two days of hearings.    From

While Wednesday’s hearing was dominated by opponents, including many members of the state’s faith community, Thursday’s session mostly featured supporters such as Elizabeth Finch, who said she often volunteers late at her church in Marietta and wants the right to protect herself while walking to her car.
“I shouldn’t be denied by law the right to equip myself for my own proactive protection, whether it be at a grocery store, a place of worship or my house,” said Finch, who identified herself as a National Rifle Association-certified instructor and the leader of a women’s shooting club.
While lawmakers heard from clergy members opposed to the bill Wednesday, faith-based leaders who support the measure came out Thursday.
The bill passed the committee on a voice vote (Georgia Carry says it was 8-4).   It has a few more steps to go through before becoming law.  From
The House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee Thursday evening, February 6, voted on HB 875 resulting in a 8-4 Do Pass vote.

HB 875 will now go to the House Rules Committee where, when passed, will be sent to the House Floor for a full House vote. We expect the bill to pass the House Floor Vote and be sent to the Senate to be read and assigned to a Committee. This should be done within the next week or so. When the Senate assigns HB875 to a committee, we will notify you who to contact to help get HB875 passed.
Georgia is one of many states that are considering weapons law reforms.

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TOPICS: Government; Politics; Society
KEYWORDS: banglist; ccw; ga; guncontrol
These are needed reforms in Georgia. Incrementalism works
1 posted on 02/08/2014 7:27:14 AM PST by marktwain
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To: marktwain

Well mostly good news. Looks like the constitutional carry bill is not going to make it and I’m not wild about the mental health clause for NICs. Better than nothing.

2 posted on 02/08/2014 7:32:52 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: marktwain
Incrementalism works

This, exactly. Six years ago Georgia had probably the most restrictive carry laws of any shall-issue state in the country. Now they're among the best and getting better. If it were up to the people who demanded all or nothing, we'd still have nothing.

3 posted on 02/08/2014 1:18:00 PM PST by Turbopilot (iumop ap!sdn w,I 'aw dlaH)
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