Skip to comments.Georgia: Thanks to your active help and involvement, the Georgia Senate passed House Bill 60
Posted on 03/19/2014 6:43:43 PM PDT by Lazamataz
Thanks to your active help and involvement, the Georgia Senate passed House Bill 60 with an additional amendment by a 37-18 vote last night. Your support is still needed, however, to ensure that this comprehensive pro-gun reform receives a vote of concurrence in the state House TOMORROW before the General Assembly adjourns. Please contact your state Representative immediately and urge him or her to agree to HB 60.
They note, more activism needed to ensure it becomes law.
Gads, I love this state.
This is really good news.Maybe Connecticut will get it.
One thing I will say .. although Connecticut may get it, Georgia never lost it.
Bouncing out that Nazi Dictator Malloy would help enormously.
What was the ammendment?
GA FReeper ping.
As Laz points out, more activism need tonight and early tomorrow.
My State Senator voted against this one. Bah!
What was the ammendment the Senate added?
Can some of you GA folk explain to this Virginian (with a Virginia CCW license that is not recognized by GA) how I legally can carry a weapon in my car?
My understanding is if it is open and visible in the car, it is ok. BUT, a weapon cannot be carried legally in GA in the glove compartment or console without a GA concealed carry license........
Is that correct?
Q: I dont have a Georgia Weapons License. Can I carry in my car?
A: Any person who is not prohibited by law from possessing a handgun or long gun may have or carry on his or her person a weapon or long gun on his or her property or inside his or her home, motor vehicle, or place of business without a valid weapons carry license. In addition, such person may carry a long gun, which must be carried openly if loaded. Moreover, such person may carry in his or her own motor vehicle. Finally, if such person is eligible for a Georgia Weapons License, he or she may carry in any private passenger motor vehicle.
In Georgia a dash holster is not uncommon.
Thank you! Every time I drove through GA I took my weapons and put them on the dash!
Glad to know I don’t have to do that.......
Can you open carry in GA like we can in VA? Anywhere here except schools, courts, Federal buildings.......
Somewhere there’s a federal judge picking up the white courtesy phone.
No, you can’t open carry a pistol without a Georgia Weapons License.
Georgia does recognize Virgina’s permits as well.
Method of Carry
Q: Do I need to carry my firearm concealed or may I carry openly?
A: Under the law, a Georgia Weapons License holder may carry a weapon or longgun openly or concealed in any location that is not off limits. However, should you choose to openly carry a handgun, please be aware of the image you present to the public while doing so. They vote.
Q: Do I have to use a holster?
Q: Can I use an ankle or pocket holster?
Good deal. In Colorado anyone can have a gun in the car without a permit. So far, no mass shootings.
Here’s the detail that Georgia Carry sent out:
March 19, 2014
Dear GCO Member,
Late last night, HB60 was agreed to and again amended, this time by the Senate. HB60 is now back in the House. The vote was 37-18. There were two amendments added to HB60 in the Senate. Those amendments are:
1) To add suppressors used in hunting language
2) To make churches opt in. The language in this amendment is a little different than in the bills proposed in the past, in that churches would be illegal without permission of the church (much like bars are currently) but the language also decriminalizes church carry with a $100 fine if caught in a church that did not opt in.
HB60 now goes to the House and the House will have 3 options:
1) The House may agree or disagree. If the House agrees, the bill will be sent to the Governor for his action.
2) The House disagrees, a conference committee will be appointed (3 Senators appointed by the Lt. Governor and 3 Representatives appointed by House Speaker) and they will decide the final language of the bill.
3) Ignore and let die.
If the bill goes to conference committee, the committee will either reach agreement or not. If they do not reach an agreement, the bill will die.
If the conference committee reaches an agreement, they will sign a Conference Committee Report (CCR). The CCR will then be voted on in each chamber. If the CCR does not pass either chamber, it will die. If the CCR passes both chambers, it will be sent to the Governor for his action.
The Governor has the following options when the bill reaches his desk:
1) Sign the bill and it becomes law
2) Veto the bill. If the Governor vetoes the bill, each chamber will have the opportunity to override his veto. Failure to override by a 2/3 majority means the bill fails.
3) Do nothing for 40 days and the bill will become law without the Governor’s signature.
It is GeorgiaCarry.Org’s feeling that the bill will go to conference and some things will have to be worked out there. We only have one legislative day left in the 2013/2014 General Assembly Session so there is not much time left.
GeorgiaCarry.Org is not enamored with the church opt in language and will work to get that language amended in the conference committee along with some other clerical cleanup in the bill.
We will keep you informed of the progress. In the meantime, you need to keep in contact with the Governor, your Senators and Representatives and keep them informed that you want them to pass HB60 if the conference committee report is favorable to our wishes.
We are getting very close to having a good gun bill but we still have work to do. You, our members have really stepped up in the last weeks and made your presence and wished known to your elected officials. The GCO Board of Directors, Officers and Executive Director thank you for all you have done thus far. Your professional demeanor has shown through again when dealing with our elected officials.
How to find your elected officials in GA
There are several ways to determine who your state elected officials are. Here are a couple of ways to help you when writing your elected officials.
If you are a registered voter, click here to find your elected officials in GA.
This is the Georgia Secretary of State “my voter” page. With it, you can type in your specific information to pull voter info, including their Georgia Senate and House member.
You may also go here and put in your information and it will bring up your elected officials contact as well. This page requires your 9-digit zip code, which is available at here. Once you have found your 9-digit zip code, click here to find your Georgia State Representative and Senator.
When you open the page, there is a space that says “Find Your Elected Officials”. Type in your 9-digit zip code and press enter. The next page will give you the offices you want. For Representatives and Senators, click on State Legislature. A picture of your Representative and of your Senator will be shown on the next page. Clicking on the name beside the picture will bring up a page for them and their information will be on the right hand side of the page.
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Open carry in car, fine. Concealing it anywhere even in car itself, not fine.
My understanding is that if you have a GWCL, you can keep it per:
O.C.G.A. 20.4.1. Firearms License
The law does not permit, outside of a person's home, motor vehicle, or place of business, the concealed carrying of a pistol, revolver, or concealable firearm unless he/she has a valid pistol license issued under code section 16-11-129, and then the firearm must be in a holster, hipgrip or any other similar device; in which event the weapon may be concealed by a person's clothing, handbag, briefcase or other closed container.
Carrying on the person in a concealed manner other than as provided above is not permitted and constitutes the offense of carrying a concealed weapon.
The law does not forbid any person who is not ineligible for a firearms license from transporting a loaded firearm in any private passenger motor vehicle in an open manner or in the glove compartment console or similar compartment of the vehicle.
And, if I understand S.B. 308 correctly, it strikes through the 'holster requirement'.....
The SENATE did some rather disgusting things to the original HB875 entering a “poison pill” amendment and making it unworkable for the house... Just like they did last year...
Fortunately, the house attached the SAME LAUGUAGE of HB875 to HB60 which passed the Senate...
Hunter Hill & Jessie Stone have A LOT of explaining to do!
If you have ANY DOUBT about Nathan Deal, DON’T! These guys are running interference for him...
What happened March 12, 2014 in the General Assembly?
Wednesday, March 12, the Senate Judiciary Non-Civil Committee met without inviting the sponsor of HB875 and introduced a substitute bill to severely weaken the bill. The substitute which changes churches to opt in with the permission of the owner of the church, gives preemption to local governments on carry into government buildings and adds family violence battery (which means if you touch your wife and she does not want to be touched, you have committed family violence battery) was introduced by Senator Hunter Hill. These changes are not acceptable to GeorgiaCarry.Org nor are they acceptable to the NRA.
This move appears to be another step in the assurance of the appointment of a judgeship to Senator Stone.
The vote was a 3-3 tie until Senator Stone voted to break the tie.
The only Senator who spoke up for the Second Amendment and voted against the substitute was Senator Josh McKoon who stated his displeasure with the weakening of the bill. Every Member of GeorgiaCarry.Org should send Senator Josh McKoon an email thanking him for standing up for them and the Second Amendment.
This is exactly why GCO worked with the House to get HB60 passed to the Senate as we were certain Jesse Stone and his committee would introduce this type substitute to a very good gun bill that would render it almost useless in advancing the Second Amendment in GA. The Senate now has a good gun bill and a very weakened gun bill that insures they will have to decide whether they are Second Amendment Proponents or Second Amendment Opponents. Their vote in the next couple of days will be evidence of where they stand.
What is the current status of each of the bills?
HB875 will now go to Senate Rules Committee with the possibility of going to the floor for a vote. HB60 is still on the floor and available for a Senate vote whenever the Lt. Governor sees fit to bring it to the floor.
Nathan Deal has turned out to be a major effing disappointment to me. I have been fully expecting the constitutional carry bill to get passed but now I don’t think it ever will. They will substitute the current pending legislation.
In Texas, in 1966, lots of people pulled long guns down from the gun racks in the back windows of their pickup trucks and returned the unfortunate (brain-tumor-addled) Charles Whitman's deadly fire.
After the Texas citizens started returning fire, Whitman killed no more pedestrians within range of his weapon (a scoped M-1 carbine iirc -- he was an ex-Marine sharpshooter) until two Austin cops and a shotgun-carrying civilian could get up the clock tower to kill him.
Now Nathan will have to put up or shut up in an election year... It’s not even close to Constitutional Carry, but the GA gun laws were so bad for so many years that this is a monumental improvement.... I guess we are going to have to go the way of the progressives and get what we can a little at a time...
I don’t get Nathan Deal. He is rated as a hard right conservative by FAIR. He acts like a Liberal now that he’s Governor. Why wouldn’t he push for constitutional carry? I felt sure that would pass this year and now we get some watered down carpola. Its better than nothing but if this is all you can expect with the Republicans in charge of both state houses and the Governor’s office we are in trouble.
Laz we in Bama are pushing our own open carry law right now, passed the Senate, before the house now. SB 354...
Woot I sure hope it passes.