Georgia Voices: Gov. Deal can prevent Georgia from going to the extreme
by The Macon Telegraph
April 10, 2014 01:02 AM | 2298 views | 12 12 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The National Rifle Association has finally achieved its holy grail in Georgia. House Bill 60 covers a wide swath, leaving almost no stone uncovered as to who can get a gun carry permit and where a person with a license can carry his or her weapon. We are Second Amendment advocates, but House Bill 60 goes far beyond that amendment’s meaning.

For example:

• Those with a history of mental health, alcohol or drug issues can still acquire a carry permit. So can those convicted of pointing or aiming a weapon at someone. Convicted felons can evoke the “stand your ground” law in the event of a killing, and there is no training requirement to obtain a weapons carry permit.

• Weapons are allowed to be carried in government buildings where access is not restricted or screened by certified security personnel (i.e., board of elections, Department of Driver Services, government centers and county commission/city council/school board meetings).

• Schools, colleges, technical schools, both public and private, can authorize employees — teachers, principals, janitors — to carry weapons.

• Licensed carriers are permitted to have weapons in nonrestricted airport areas. If they carry a weapon into a screening area, no arrest can be made if they leave immediately, nor can law enforcement detain them to determine if they have a permit.

• Licensed carriers are permitted to carry their weapons in church, subject to the church’s approval.

• Municipalities can require “heads of households” to own a weapon but cannot regulate any other aspect concerning weapons.

Americans for Responsible Solutions, founded by Gabrielle Giffords, the former congresswoman who was shot at an event in her district in Arizona in 2011 where six others were killed, called Georgia’s new gun law, “the most extreme gun bill in America.”

There is one chance remaining that could prevent Georgia from devolving into a morass where everyone is packing because everyone is packing. The bill sits on Gov. Nathan Deal’s desk awaiting his signature.

While he would attract the wrath of the NRA, does he have the courage, in an election year, to kick the bill to the curb? There are many valid reasons for doing so, from the lack of a training requirement to the danger to law enforcement this bill fosters to liability issues the bill passes along to school systems if they allow personnel to carry weapons.

We can only hope.

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Dennis Callahan
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April 23, 2014
Regarding the editorial comment that suppressors give hunters an unfair advantage. It isn't like in the Movies. Suppressors on rifles knock off 20 to 25 db from a blast which is typically 150 db or more. What this means in reality is that the suppressed rifle shot sound level is barely down to where OSHA says there will not be hearing damage. Still pretty loud. The other thing to consider is that a high power rifle bullet way exceeds the sound barrier. It makes a loud crack which echos along while the bullet is in flight. The only suppressed guns which are anywhere near as quite as what is portrayed by Hollywood are low powered .22 rimfires with subsonic ammo (loaded to be slower than the speed of sound). Suppressed 22s with subsonic ammo can be pretty quiet, but don't have enough power for hunting use. Hunters don't like wearing hearing protection because doing so prevents hearing game moving around. The reason hunters want suppressors to be legal to use is for hearing protection.
Oh my oh my
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April 10, 2014
Oh my oh my, how the secular progressive Democrats wail and carry on when they are not in power.
J Salerno
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April 11, 2014
Huh? You think the MJD is an organ of secular progressive Democrats? Didn't wait for legal medical marijuana, did you?
anonymous
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April 10, 2014
"Georgia going to the extreme", Oh please, Georgia will do exactly what the NRA wants it to do. When the NRA says "jump" Georgia politicians say, How high!
Ben Twomey
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April 10, 2014
And now a word from 'Chicken Little'. 'THE SKY IS FALLING';. 'IT'S THE END OF CIVILIZATION'; 'GEORGIA IS REVERTING TO THE WILD WEST DAYS.';

Give it a rest, already.

BTW, Gabby Gifford and her husband are big hypocrites, as they both own and sometimes carry guns.
Lib in Cobb
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April 10, 2014
Between 2000 and 2010 there were 105,864 unjustifiable homicides in the US in which a gun was the weapon of choice. In the same period there were 10 (TEN) documented cases of in person voter fraud. Please tell me which one is the real problem.
anonymous
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April 10, 2014
You are Lib, you are!

Clarence B.
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April 10, 2014
Of the 105,864 homicides probably an average of 75% were gang related, Seems too me gangs are the bigger issue ...
J Salerno
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April 11, 2014
Hey Clarence, maybe you should check before saying any old thing that comes into your head. Fact is most homicides are family affairs, about 10% are gang related. Do you thing families are the problem?
Clarence B.
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April 12, 2014
@ J Salerno, My information comes from the National Institute of Justice(NIJ.gov), Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS.gov) and the FBI(FBI.gov)

How about YOU do some checking, Your statement is on both counts are absolutely false. The sad thing is, People will read what you wrote and believe it as fact without doing their own research. Shame on you.
anonymous
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April 15, 2014
@ Clarence B surely you do not believe the "Gubberment". I thought you folks do not recognize government.
Clarence B
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April 16, 2014
@ anonymous, I wish you would expand on your comment, It makes no sense to me at all....

"I thought you folks do not recognize government." What in the world are you talking about ??

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