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GA:Gun Reform Passes House 119-56
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| 22 February, 2014
| Dean Weingarten
Posted on 02/21/2014 7:48:06 AM PST by marktwain
Last year, second amendment supporters struggled to push an omnibus gun reform bill in the Georgia legislature. They struggled. There were conflicts between groups that claimed similar aims. The bill stalled and ran out of time in the Senate.
This year, a very similar bill, HB 875, has sailed through the house committee and has passed the House by a more than two to one margin. Here is a list of who voted for or against the bill. It has been assigned to the Judiciary Non-Civil Committee, the same committee it was assigned to last year. The members of the committee and their contact information are listed at gon.com:
HB 875 provides for a number of reforms, which were previously commented on here. A list from the NRAILA is shown below:
- Removal of fingerprinting for renewal of Weapons Carry Licenses (WCL).
- Prohibiting the state from creating and maintaining a database of WCL holders.
- Creation of an absolute defense for the legal use of deadly force in the face of a violent attack.
- Removal of the sweeping restrictions on legally carrying a firearm with a WCL in churches and bars, leaving this decision to private property owners.
- Lowering the age to obtain a concealed WCL for self-defense from 21 to 18 for active duty military, with specific training.
- Repealing the unnecessary and duplicative state-required license for a firearms dealer, instead requiring only a Federal Firearms License (FFL).
- Preempting a ban on firearms in public housing, ensuring that the right to self-defense should not be infringed based on where one calls home.
- Codifying the ability to legally carry, with a WCL, in sterile/non-secure areas of airports.
- Incorporation of the NICS Improvement Amendments Act for mental health reporting.
- Stating 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.
- Strengthening current firearms preemption statutes through further clarification of the regulatory authority of local governments, excluding firearm discharge ordinances.
- Allowing school systems to decide whether staff and faculty may carry a firearm on school property, pending approved training, similar to the NRAs National School Shield program.
- Allowing the lawful carry by WCL holders in government buildings where it is not currently restricted or security screening personnel are posted during regular business hours.
Senate bill 93 will be coming up for a vote in the natural resources committee in the near future. It makes the use of gun mufflers legal for the taking of game in Georgia. Similar legislation has been implemented in Arizona, Oklahoma, Indiana, North Carolina and Texas. This bill was introduced last year but did not make it past the Senate committee. A list of the Committee Members is available here.
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TOPICS: Government; Politics; Society
KEYWORDS: banglist; ga; guncontrol; suppressor
Reforms keep moving through the states, slowly removing decades worth of infringements.
posted on 02/21/2014 7:48:06 AM PST
How long until some Federal judge decides to slap it down?
posted on 02/21/2014 7:49:46 AM PST
by Army Air Corps
(Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
Now that’s some common sense gun control!
posted on 02/21/2014 8:00:57 AM PST
(Everything is different now...)
posted on 02/21/2014 8:04:35 AM PST
(life is fragile, handle with prayer)
To: Army Air Corps
I should clarify that it was assigned to the Senate committee.
posted on 02/21/2014 8:21:16 AM PST
(The old media must die for the Republic to live. Long live the new media!)
Are suppressor a federal law?
To: School of Rational Thought
Federal law stipulates that one who purchases a suppressor must pay a $200 "transfer tax" to the BATF, and obtain a tax stamp from them. Failure to pay the tax is punishable by a (IIRC) $10,000 fine and a 10 year prison sentence.
This law is unconstitutional on its face (infringement, anyone?), and any court not corrupted by leftist ideology would reject it as such.
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posted on 02/21/2014 8:55:59 AM PST
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