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#3653027 - 04/23/14 06:31 AM Safe Carry Protection Act - GA
Crappie Luck Moderator

Registered: 01/29/03
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Loc: Smith Co.

Some pretty fair reporting by NBC. TO bad such unbiased reporting is so rare these days

ATLANTA – Its official name is the “Safe Carry Protection Act.”

But critics are calling it the “Guns Everywhere Bill.”

At noon Wednesday, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is scheduled to sign the sweeping legislation into law. One of the most permissive state gun laws in the nation, it will allow licensed owners to carry firearms into more public places than at any time in the past century, including bars and government buildings that don't have security checkpoints.

The law also authorizes school districts to appoint staffers to carry firearms. It allows churches to "opt-in" if they want to allow weapons. Bars could already “opt-in” to allow weapons, but under the new law they must opt out if they want to bar weapons. Permit-holders who accidentally bring a gun to an airport security checkpoint will now be allowed to pick up their weapon and leave with no criminal penalty. (At Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, a record 111 guns were found at TSA screening areas last year.)

Read a summary of the law's main provisions here.

Americans for Responsible Solutions, the group co-founded by former Arizona congresswoman Gabby Giffords, has called the legislation “the most extreme gun bill in America,” and mounted an aggressive campaign against it. So have other gun-control organizations, including Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the group started by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Frank Rotondo, the executive director of the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police, has blasted the law. "Police officers do not want more people carrying guns on the street,” said Rotondo, “particularly police officers in inner city areas."

But Georgia state Rep. Rick Jasperse (R.-Jasper), who introduced the bill, insisted that it was not “extreme,” adding that it was simply about restoring Second Amendment rights and allowing licensed gun owners to carry their weapons in more places.

"When we limit a Georgian's ability to carry a weapon -- to defend themselves -- we're empowering the bad guys," Jasperse said.

When state lawmakers passed HB 60 on March 20 – the last day of the legislative session – the National Rifle Association called it a “historic victory for the Second Amendment.”
"To find out who your real rulers are, simply look to those whom you CANNOT criticize..."

#3653061 - 04/23/14 07:29 AM Re: Safe Carry Protection Act - GA [Re: Crappie Luck]
Wes Parrish
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Registered: 06/12/02
Posts: 19470
Loc: Knoxville-Dover-Union City, TN

 Originally Posted By: Crappie Luck
"When we limit a Georgian's ability to carry a weapon -- to defend themselves -- we're empowering the bad guys,"

Seems Georgia has a very different view of the 2nd Amendment than say the State of Illinois?

Which state is overall "safer" for the average citizen in terms of not becoming a victim to violent crime?

#3653075 - 04/23/14 07:43 AM Re: Safe Carry Protection Act - GA [Re: Wes Parrish]
Unicam Administrator
16 Point

Registered: 12/13/00
Posts: 19468
Loc: Dallas, GA. & Cookeville, TN

I just renewed my Georgia Weapons Carry License!! Living here does have its perks sometimes.
"Gun Free Zones are for VICTIMS!"
John 15:13

#3653321 - 04/23/14 12:13 PM Re: Safe Carry Protection Act - GA [Re: Unicam]
Unicam Administrator
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Registered: 12/13/00
Posts: 19468
Loc: Dallas, GA. & Cookeville, TN

Gov. Deal just signed it. Becomes law July 1.
"Gun Free Zones are for VICTIMS!"
John 15:13

#3653724 - 04/23/14 09:17 PM Re: Safe Carry Protection Act - GA [Re: Unicam]
6 Point

Registered: 10/12/06
Posts: 987
Loc: Bells

We got most of that stuff, back before we had a Republican Supermajority, never happen these days.
"It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds." Samuel Adams

Life Member NRA, TFA, Tennesseans for Liberty

#3654094 - 04/24/14 10:39 AM Re: Safe Carry Protection Act - GA [Re: worriedman]

Registered: 08/01/07
Posts: 46480
Loc: Just North of Chatt-town

Three States, Three Governors, Three Gun Laws

This sign won't cut it

States are still where most of the action is on gun laws, as recent events have proven once again. Bills in Georgia, Tennessee and Arizona have met one fate or another, for good or ill for Second Amendment rights.
First the good news. In Georgia, Republican Gov. Nathan Deal on Wednesday signed into law the "Safe Carry Protection Act." Critics labeled it the "guns everywhere" bill, while the National Rifle Association calls it "the most comprehensive pro-gun reform legislation introduced in recent history." The law, effective July 1, does indeed remove some old and unnecessary restrictions on gun rights. As Deal said, "Our state has some of the best protections for gun owners in the United States. And today we strengthen those rights protected by our nation's most revered founding document."
The bill permits licensed gun owners, either Georgia residents or visitors from 28 states with which Georgia shares reciprocity, to bring firearms into bars and some government buildings if no security measures are in place. Furthermore, school districts are empowered to decide on allowing armed employees, while places of worship can likewise opt to allow the carrying of firearms.
The Georgia Municipal Association, which represents the state's 538 cities, sought a veto, saying, "Local elected officials are responsible for securing and maintaining public safety, and insurance coverage, in buildings owned and operated by the city. Therefore, they should have the authority to make a decision about whether to allow weapons in such buildings." If they don't have metal detectors or other security checkpoints, they have effectively made their decision because a sign won't stop a bad guy with a gun.
Which brings us to Tennessee, where Republican Bill Haslam recently expressed "major concerns" about a bill that would preempt city ordinances regarding carrying firearms in public parks. In 2009, the legislature passed a law expanding protection for Second Amendment rights but gave cities and counties the option of banning firearms in public parks. Unfortunately, all four major cities in Tennessee and numerous smaller ones took advantage of the option and posted signs banning guns in parks. But if Haslam is inclined to veto he may have to wait for a bill. Though the state Senate approved it in February, the House Finance Subcommittee placed it "behind the budget," which means it won't be considered until after the state budget near the end of this year's term.
Finally, in Arizona, Republican Gov. Jan Brewer did veto a pro-gun bill. It would have amended current preemption law to impose penalties on city officials who prosecute gun owners for violating ordinances out of line with state law. She said citizens can already sue over laws they consider unjust. Small comfort.
Brewer also vetoed a bill similar to Georgia's that would allow licensed carry in government buildings that have no security measures. Or, put another way, the bill would have required that "gun free" government buildings actually take steps beyond hoping people obey a sign to ensure that no one is armed upon entering.
"I am a strong proponent of the Second Amendment, and I have signed into law numerous pieces of legislation to advance and protect gun rights," Brewer wrote. "However, I cannot support this measure in its proposed form." Her given reason is that it would cost cities money to actually secure their buildings. Evidently she'd rather live with the illusion that a sign is security enough.
Are there places where guns shouldn't be allowed? Sure, but, again, it takes more than a sign to disarm anyone -- unless the objective is to disarm only the people who obey laws. We're glad to see the Second Amendment thrive in Georgia, but we're troubled by the roadblocks that Republicans have set up in Tennessee and Arizona.

Amateurs: Built the Ark

Professionals: Built the Titanic

#3654548 - 04/24/14 07:45 PM Re: Safe Carry Protection Act - GA [Re: MUP]
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Registered: 11/21/07
Posts: 16574
Loc: Tampa FL

I'm beginning to like Georgia more and more. Now if they could eliminate their State Tax I might actually live there.
"The fore horse of this frightful team is public debt. Taxation follow that, and in its turn wretchedness and oppression."
--Thomas Jefferson
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