National Gun Violence Awareness Day is on Friday, June 2nd.
Go to https://wearorange.org/ for calls to action.
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No update other than the disappointment of Mr. Deal’s campus carry decision. There have been several op-eds locally concerned about this decision and the future safety of classrooms and the appeal of Georgia Universities and Colleges.
And much coverage:
He signed it. Disappointing would be an understatement.
The NRA is coming this weekend with President Trump in tow. There are various groups non-violently protesting the event. More info below: https://www.facebook.com/events/1881121172109646/
The Georgia Alliance for Social Justice along with our partners Better Georgia, Gays Against Guns, Guns Down, Pride Fund to End Gun Violence and more will host a powerful event to take place at the same time as the NRA National Convention’s Leadership Meeting taking place at GWCC. Their event will feature such notable figures as: Donald Trump, Kellyanne Conway, Wayne LaPierre, Ted Cruz, David Perdue and more.
We will make a powerful, visual statement in Woodruff Park: A Die In.
Also, call Gov Deal. The deadline approaches for campus carry!
There is a planned counter-rally organized by Everytown for Gun Safety on 4/29/2017. http://act.everytown.org/go/4151?t=1&akid=7814.5649206.E1dL58 Follow the link and an organizer will let you know more information. Go and support gun safety and show the NRA the fight will continue even with the overwhelming support they now have from both executive and legislative branches of our government.
Local: Campus Carry
An interesting possible twist to the law being signed into law is discusses on the AJC Political Blog: http://politics.blog.ajc.com/2017/04/07/how-a-grammatical-problem-could-complicate-georgias-campus-carry-bill/. Basically, a misplaced comma could make a specific section addressing exception to the carry rule problematic for the bill to pass. While it might be easy to dismiss this sort of thing, commas have spurred lengthy debate in other legal issues: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/16/us/oxford-comma-lawsuit.html?_r=0.
Below are a few of the bills and resolutions introduced this session at federal level (both for more and less gun control) at the federal level. Please check back periodically for updates.
02.27.17 S.446 – Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 was introduced to the senate and has been endorsed by the NRA read more which means they throw their fill force of money and lobbyists behind it. This is a companion bill to the house bill H.R. 38. It seeks to allow for an individual’s carry permit from one state to be applicable to any other state with carry laws. The worry is that one state might not have the same screening and permitting standards as another state which would endanger citizens across the country. If this worries you, please call or write your elected officials more info and scripts here.
2.15.17 Senator’s Isakson and Perdue voted to halt an Obama Administration rule that was a response to the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting that would have gone into effect at the end of 2017.
The rule aimed to make it easier to prohibit the sale of firearms to people deemed “mentally defective” by requiring the Social Security Administration to provide disability benefit information to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
While part of a common sense gun control strategy, civil and disability advocacy groups have noted concerns with how any new information flowing into a prohibitive list could be mismanaged by the government.
To be clear, this was the majority taking the opportunity to roll-back any regulation passed in the last six months by the Obama administration and as part of their efforts to protect the 2nd Amendment by elimination of most gun regulation.
The repeal does not change any actual firearm regulations; there have been (and still are) laws on the books that prohibit the sale of guns to some groups of people based on mental illness.
H.R. 38 – Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017
This bill allows qualified individuals (permit holders) to carry a concealed handgun in another state that allows individuals to carry concealed firearms. Further, this bill provides for a qualified individual to carry or possess a concealed handgun in a school zone and in federally owned lands that are open to the public.
Four GA representatives are listed as cosponsors of this bill, but none in metro-Atlanta:
Representative Earl L. “Buddy” Carter (1)
Representative Tom Graves, Districts (9,14)
Representative Jody B. Hice (10)
Representative Rick W. Allen (12)
Introduced and referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations in early January.
H.R. 509: ATF Elimination Act
To abolish the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, transfer its functions to the FBI and DEA.
No cosponsors. Introduced and referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary in early January.
H.R. 1329 (114th) was a previous version of this bill and was referred to committee in March 2015.
This is born from the idea that the government needs to be smaller and the agency is very unpopular with gun owners. Since there are no cosponsors, we think there is a very small chance this progresses in any real way. However, we should all be aware that government agencies are being targeted.
- 159 – Firearms Manufacturers and Dealers Protection Act of 2017
The purpose of this Act is to terminate Operation Choke Point and any similar program that attempts to infringe upon the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States or eradicate the manufacture and sale of firearms and ammunition. Contemplates that due to the FDIC’s designation of firearms sales and ammunition sales as “high-risk” industries in an article in the summer of 2011, these industries need protection. Further it states, “the obvious intent, therefore, of the inclusion of businesses in the FDIC’s “high-risk” category was the eradication of those businesses.”
Introduced and read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs in early January. No cosponsors.
H.Res.90 – Gun violence is a public health issue and Congress should enact comprehensive Federal legislation that protects the Second Amendment and keeps communities safe and healthy, including expanding enforceable background checks for all commercial gun sales, improving the mental health system, and making gun trafficking and straw purchasing a Federal crime.
Introduced and referred to House Energy and Commerce on February 3rd. 25 cosponsors so far, but none from Georgia.
This is a house resolution and is non-binding. It represents a willingness to try and declare gun violence as a safety issue.
H.R.57 — Accidental Firearms Transfers Reporting Act of 2017
This bill requires the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to submit a biannual report to Congress on the number of proposed firearm transfers where: (1) a licensed gun dealer submitted a background check through the National Instant Criminal History Background Check System (NICS), (2) NICS failed to respond to the licensed gun dealer within three business days, and (3) the licensed gun dealer completed the transfer. The FBI must also report on the procedures followed once the transferee is discovered to be ineligible.
Introduced and referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations in early January. No cosponsors.
H.R.62 – Gun Violence Reduction Resources Act of 2017
To provide for the hiring of 200 additional Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents and investigators to enforce gun laws. The findings in the bill enumerates stats on gun violence and and the sale of guns outside of any background checks.
Introduced and referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations in January. No cosponsors.
H.R.163 — Gun Manufacturers Accountability Act
To repeal the provisions of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act prohibiting the bringing of qualified civil liability actions in Federal or State court.
Introduced and referred to the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice. No cosponsors.
http://gunlawscorecard.org click (GA)
http://nyagv.org/about/ (a good example of a comprehensive state organization)