Gun bill signing and barbecue make for old-fashioned campaign event
by Don McKee
April 21, 2014 04:00 AM | 8832 views | 21 21 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Any doubt about the political power of the gun rights lobby in the Georgia has been erased by the passage of HB 60, “the most comprehensive pro-gun reform legislation introduced in recent state history,” according to the National Rifle Association’s lobbying arm.

To make the most of the election-year political appeal of the bill, Gov. Nathan Deal will sign it Wednesday at a campaign-rally type event in Ellijay. Word of the plan came from House Speaker David Ralston per a Facebook posting by Georgia Carry with an invitation to the gun rights group that pushed hard for enactment of HB 60.

Ralston extended the invitation to the event on behalf of the bill’s sponsors and himself. He said that after the bill signing ceremony at noon, “a BBQ lunch will be served, open to those who can join us.” It will be at the ETC Pavilion on the Coosawattee River, a scenic setting for a barbecue, a staple of Georgia political campaigns for ages. It’s friendly territory for Ralston, who lives just up State Route 515 in Blue Ridge, and for Deal, whose hometown is Gainesville.

Georgia Carry and the NRA got just about everything they wanted, including new rights for persons with weapons licenses to carry firearms in bars, a scary proposition to mix alcohol and guns. Licensed carriers will also be allowed to take weapons inside houses of worship with permission of the organization and also inside non-secure airport areas.

But there’s much more in HB 60. It prohibits the state from creating and maintaining a database of licensed weapons carriers and repeals the state-required license for a firearms dealer, described as unnecessary and duplicative of federal law by the guns rights group. The new law will create “an absolute defense for the legal use of deadly force in the face of a violent attack,” per Georgia Carry.

Other provisions include elimination of fingerprinting for renewing weapons carry licenses in the state, allowing firearms in public housing, “ensuring that the right to self-defense should not be infringed based on where one calls home,” and codifying that when a state of emergency is declared, “all law-abiding gun owners will not have their Second Amendment rights restricted or infringed by executive authority through emergency powers protection.”

On the issue of guns in the hands of the mentally ill, which has played a part in many of the mass killings in this country, the law will require the state to report to the National Instant Criminal Background System persons who have been involuntarily hospitalized or adjudged mentally deficient. But there also will be a process for applying to the court system for restoration of gun rights.

Another of the provisions allows silencers to be used in hunting, an unfair advantage to the hunter if ever there was one, not to mention the problem of people being endangered because they are unaware of hunters shooting nearby.

As for the bill signing barbecue, no word on whether attendees have been invited to bring their firearms.

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ghwhalocs
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April 28, 2014
A solution in search of a problem. I've attended hundreds - perhaps thousands - of church services, yet not one single moment have I ever wished I had a gun.
About Time
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April 23, 2014
Finally a sensible governor. Way to go Georgia.
Ga LicencedGunToter
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April 23, 2014
Ok,Where do I begin? 1st Don, using a "silencer" as you call it is actually a sound supressor. When fired a high caliber rifle will sound more like a .22 rimfire rifle going off. Evidently you know nothing about big game hunting. What advantage does a deer have if the hunter downs the deer with one shot.Which, I am most surely is the case in most hunts. A deer hunter is not at a dove shoot firing off dozens of rounds. 2nd, hunters are either hunting on private property or state land during hunting season. I think most people in Georgia know when the hunting season is in and should know better than to be some place they either don't have permission to be or should not be. Third, do some research and check the statistics on how many non-justifiable shooters are GWL holders. Bars or not, weapons licence holders are the most responsible people there are when it comes to gun handling. Please stop scareing the public with your false claims!
Robert G
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April 23, 2014
'an unfair advantage to the hunter if ever there was one, not to mention the problem of people being endangered because they are unaware of hunters shooting nearby.'...

What a stupid comment. How are people endangered by not knowing hunters are nearby? If you are relying on hearing a shot to know of hunters then you are in trouble because by the time you hear a shot its to late to do anything different. And who cares if hunters have some kind of unfair advantage especially if they are killing off the overpopulated dear.

This is a good law and should be a national standard.
Dave1971
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April 23, 2014
Congrats to GA! Here in NC, we got a similar bag of goodies with the passage of House Bill 937 last year. So far in NC, there have been no "wild west" shootouts or blood in the streets or innocent bystanders being shot. It's a non-issue.
Patstar84
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April 23, 2014
Now if they would just recognize Virginia CCWs!
Wild Man
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April 23, 2014
This is the best news I've heard in a long time, finley an elected official who will do what the people want. I'll bet all the "Travon Martins" in GA will think twice about robing a citizen for drug money now.
anonymous
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April 21, 2014
Individuals who strut around carrying weapons in bars, church, restaurants are basically cowards like George Zimmerman or the loud music shooter in Jacksonville. They are more likely to instigate a problem with an unarmed person they would never confront anyone man to man. Their gun gives them a backbone and when they use it they claim they were frightened and "stood their ground".
SCPistolero
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April 23, 2014
Those gun laws are reeeeallly working in DC, Chicago, Detroit, in NYC...oh, wait.

In GA, no one knows who's carrying concealed. No problem, just assume everyone's carrying. That way everyone tends to mind their own business. An armed society is a polite society.

not scared
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April 23, 2014
While there are some who feel a false sense of security with a firearm, the majority of us don't "strut around carrying weapons..." The cowards are those who prey upon people because they know they are unarmed. I carry because I will not be a victim (like you anonymous).
skipole
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April 23, 2014
Pleas give specific examples of this to justify your paranoia or consider yourself a troll.
jarvis123
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April 23, 2014
George Zimmerman was found INNOCENT by a jury!! Get over it!
SavannahLysol
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April 23, 2014
You mean cowards like all the people who post replies Anonymously?

anonymous

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April 21, 2014

Individuals who strut around carrying weapons in bars, church, restaurants are basically cowards like George Zimmerman or the loud music shooter in Jacksonville. They are more likely to instigate a problem with an unarmed person they would never confront anyone man to man. Their gun gives them a backbone and when they use it they claim they were frightened and "stood their ground
I AM BATMAN
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April 23, 2014
Prove it!

Show me some data where law abiding, licensed citizens are "more likely to instigate a problem".

Show me a case where ANYONE claimed that they "stood their ground" and no police investigation was completed, they just took his word for it.

SHOW ME!

Hint: You can't....

40 States have had Open Carry laws (no permit required) for many years now. GA was one of the few that still prohibited carry in a place of worship. Virginia passed carry in bars several years ago and their law enforcement shows a DECREASE in bar violence since that time. Many other states also allow carry in bars with similar results.

Your opinion has no factual basis.

Good job Georgian's for getting your elected reps to make these outstanding changes.
anonymous
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April 21, 2014
RE: "...a scary proposition to mix alcohol and guns."

Uhhh, Don...the law does NOT require people with guns to consume alcohol once they enter a place that sells alcohol.

In fact, people with guns are prohibited from consuming alcohol once they do enter an establishment that sells alcohol.

Is full disclosure/honesty not something yo' momma taught you, Don?
why not
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April 21, 2014
In a Tampa movie theater a mixture of popcorn and guns ended badly for one young father. What makes you think alcohol and guns would be any better.
Slippery Slope
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April 21, 2014
Actually anonymous,

People are not prohibited from and will not be prohibited from consuming alcohol once they are in an establishment that serves, while they are carrying. People are and will keep being prohibited from DISCHARGING the firearm while drunk or high.

However, this law will allow them to claim stand your ground while drunk or high.

Full disclosure. There it is.
Ben Twomey
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April 21, 2014
"In fact, people with guns are prohibited from consuming alcohol once they do enter an establishment that sells alcohol."

You can document this?

anonymous
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April 22, 2014
Hey Ben,

NO. I can't. It looks like that prohibition has not actually made it into the legislation that Deal will sign.

Hooray!
Robert G
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April 23, 2014
Well if a person goes into a bar and then starts shooting off there gun, they are in violation of O.C.G.A. § 16-11-134. That hasn't changed.
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