Georgia State Gun Control Bills

GA HB 280 – Also known as Campus Carry

Simple summary: allows folks with carry permits to have their guns on campus.

Current Status: House Second Readers

Official Summary: A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Part 3 of Article 4 of Chapter 11 of Title 16 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to carrying and possession of firearms, so as to authorize the carrying and possession of handguns in certain manners by weapons carry license holders in certain buildings or on real property owned by or leased to public institutions of postsecondary education; to provide for exceptions; to provide for definitions; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

http://legislativenavigator.myajc.com/#bills/HB/280

24% chance of passing

AJC piece noting the university chancellor testifying against the bill:http://www.myajc.com/news/state–regional-govt–politics/university-chancellor-testifies-against-georgia-campus-gun-bill/efLV5Pn5JC5ZXyBLF4jB5H/

Excerpt:

The head of Georgia’s university system told lawmakers Monday that a bill to let people with permits carry guns on college campuses is unnecessary.

“With respect to campus carry, we feel strongly current law strikes the right balance to provide security on our campuses,” University System Chancellor Steve Wrigley told the House Public Safety Committee.

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HB 10 is an effort to ban multiple ‘assault’ weapons and ammunition designed to penetrate protective gear &/or cause maximum damage, establish timeline for implementation and determine mandatory sentencing of crimes committed with assault weapons.

Sponsors: (1) Oliver, Mary Margaret 82nd, (2) Abrams, Stacey 89th, (3) Gardner, Pat 57th, (4) Henson, Michele 86th, (5) Bennett, Karen 94th, (6) Jones, Sheila 53rd

Status: Jan/25/2017 – House Second Readers (in committee) / GA opponents are very organized and fully expect this bill to die in committee / HB 859 is seen as the precursor to this from the 2015/16 assembly / AJC gives it less than 1% chance of passing

Putting this into context:

  • This kind of legislation is debated in gun control circles with some feeling like it takes eyes off of the larger goals of:
    • Treating gun ownership as a health issue (implementing studies akin to other health initiatives, implementing mandatory safety courses, implementing safety mechanisms on weapons as mandatory at the maker level, strengthening screening processes)
    • And, ignites opposition to organize to oppose any mass banning of weapons and ammunition as infringement of their rights and as such not constitutional

AJC rating: http://legislativenavigator.myajc.com/#bills/HB/10

http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/en-US/display/20172018/HB/10

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HB 156 This bill shall be known as the “Georgia Constitutional Carry Act of 2017″ and will:

  • Removes restrictions on carrying firearms in any park, historic site, or recreational area;
  • Removes the necessity to have a GWL to carry a firearm for all lawful weapons carriers;
  • Provides definition for “lawful weapons carrier”;
  • Repeals Code Section 16-11-126;
  • Makes the GWL optional for reciprocity purposes;
  • Basically replaces any requirement for a GWL in the Code Section with “lawful weapons carrier”

Sponsors: (1) Gurtler, Matt 8th, (2) Gravley, Micah 67th, (3) Caldwell, Michael 20th, (4) Pezold, John 133rd, (5) Ridley, Jason 6th, (6) Dunahoo, Emory 30th

Status: Jan/31/2017 – House Second Readers / Full-throated support from 2nd amendment folks/orgs / AJC gives it 17% chance of passing

http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/en-US/display/20172018/HB/156

Putting this into context:

Odious in nature, basically saying that instruments are not evil so we should not ban them. Allows for unrestricted carry into parks and recreational areas (strikes the open language to make any weapon not defined as a ‘gun’ – so assault weapons would be okay presumably). Of course the more debilitating issue is carry into recreational spaces, schools etc. Basically as long as you have a permit (though it does not have to be on your person), you get to take your gun. Also, it renames carriers as ‘lawful weapons carrier’ rather than license holder. Last, it attempts to take out most of the restrictive language in the original bill.

Note: HB 859 was vetoed last year by Gov Deal that dealt with carry provisions; Deal’s hang-up was on college and university school campuses.

http://legislativenavigator.myajc.com/#bills/HB/156

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HB 232 This bill would require proof of training course within the last three years when applying for a Georgia Weapons License with exceptions (see below for full list)

Sponsors

(1) Marin, Pedro “Pete” 96th, (2) Abrams, Stacey 89th, (3) Oliver, Mary Margaret 82nd, (4) Stephens, Mickey 165th, (5) Waites, Keisha 60th

Status: Feb/02/2017 – House First Readers / Strongly opposed by 2nd amendment folks/orgs / AJC gives it 6% chance of passing

Exceptions

  • Is a peace officer, as such term is defined in Code Section 35-8-2;
  • Is serving on active duty with the United States armed forces;
  • Provide enhanced criminal penalties for the possession and use of machine guns;
  • Is serving in an active reserve component of the United States armed forces or in the Georgia National Guard
  • Is a firearms safety instructor certified by the National Rifle Association holding a rating as a personal protection instructor or pistol marksmanship instructor; or
  • Has received basic firearms training provided by a law enforcement officer, a nationally recognized organization that promotes firearm safety, or a licensed firearms dealer.
  • Training shall include instruction on the features of a handgun and a brief explanation of loading, firing, and unloading of the weapon;
  • Live firing shall not be required.
  • Proof of such training shall be a notarized affidavit signed by the person providing the training with his or her address, position, and identifying number, such as a badge number or firearms dealer license number, or a certificate of training issued by a nationally recognized organization that promotes firearm safety.
  • Not applicable to GWL renewals

Putting this into context:

This is the common sense approach to try and make gun ownership be seen as a safety and health issue with applied measures to ensure citizens are well educated about their choices. As you can see the imposition on a citizen is minimal and not at all as comprehensive as most in the gun control side would imagine, but it is a small step in the right direction.

http://legislativenavigator.myajc.com/#bills/HB/232

2017-2018 Regular Session – HB 334

Simple summary: strives to keep guns out of the hands of folks convicted with family violence crimes.

April’s Law; enact

http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/en-US/display/20172018/HB/334

Status History

A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Part 3 of Article 4 of Chapter 11 of Title 16 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to carrying and possession of firearms, so as to prohibit the issuance to and maintenance of a weapons carry license for any person against whom certain restraining orders or protective orders have been issued for the duration of such orders; to provide for it to be unlawful for any person convicted of an offense involving family violence to receive, possess, or transport any firearm; to provide for exceptions; to provide for definitions; to provide for criminal penalties; to provide for a short title; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

HB 334 | Chance of passing: 8% (AJC)

http://legislativenavigator.myajc.com/#bills/HB/334

2017-2018 Regular Session – SB 91

Simple summary: the agencies must share their info regarding folks designated as dangerous.

Transfers or Purchases of Firearms Subject to NICS; require judicial review; Georgia Information Sharing and Analysis Center

http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/en-US/display/20172018/SB/91

Official Summary: A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Code Section 16-11-172 of the O.C.G.A., relating to transfers or purchases of firearms subject to the NICS, information concerning persons who have been involuntarily hospitalized to be forwarded to the FBI, penalties for breach of confidentiality, and exceptions, so as to require judicial review for a transfer or sale of a firearm to certain individuals designated by the Georgia Information Sharing and Analysis Center; to amend Article 9 of Chapter 3 of Title 35 of the O.C.G.A., relating to the Georgia Information Sharing and Analysis Center, so as to require each agency to submit to the center certain identifying information about known or suspected terrorists; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

 

SB 91 | Chance of passing: < 1% (AJC)

http://legislativenavigator.myajc.com/#bills/SB/91

 

 

 

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