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Gov. Deal Signs Bill Broadening Where Georgians Can Carry Guns

Called the "guns everywhere" bill, the Safe Carry Protection Act makes it legal with conditions to carry a gun in bars, schools, churches and government buildings.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed controversial gun-rights legislation Wednesday that significantly expands the places Georgians can legally carry a firearm.

Called by critics the “guns everywhere” bill, the Safe Carry Protection Act makes it legal with conditions to carry a gun in places like bars, schools, churches and government buildings. The new law goes into effect on July 1.

Read a summary of the bill here.

Saying “the Second Amendment should never be an afterthought,”  Deal signed the bill — House Bill 60 — at a ceremony Wednesday near Ellijay, Ga., the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

The new law will allow Georgians and visitors from 28 other states to legally carry a gun into some government buildings that don’t have security screening, USA Today reported. School districts can decide whether or not to allow employees to carry a gun, and religious leaders can decide if they want to OK guns in places of worship.

It also legalizes carrying a gun into bars, unless the owner opts out. Gun owners stopped by airport security can leave with their weapon with no penalty, according to NBC, which said 111 guns were found at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport last year.

The law also allows the use of silencers for hunting on private land.

The controversial legislation had plenty of supporters (National Rifle Assocation and GeorgiaCarry.Org) and opponents (former Rep. Gabby Giffords).

Frank Rotondo, the executive director of the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police, told NBC he was against the law, saying “Police officers do not want more people carrying guns on the street.”

Deal point out Wednesday that the law applies to registered gun-owners who have “been subjected to the scrutiny of the state.”

The bill had bi-partisan passage, Deal said. State Sen. Jason Carter, the Democratic nominee in the next governor’s race, voted for the bill.

TheSkalawag April 30, 2014 at 12:04 PM
First of all Dave an op ed piece from a newspaper written by someone who is obviously biased is not the best evidence to back your case. I use the study itself. ----- "Purchasing of guns across state lines has to be done through a Federal Firearms License holder, you can't just drive across state lines and purchase a gun." ----- So what and Why not? Dave how do you think that criminals get their guns? They have to buy them from someone and that someone has to get them from somewhere. I got my information from the study itself not from some author of an opinion piece who cites to a study. Check it out for your self. --- http://info.publicintelligence.net/DoJ-GunViolence1993-2011.pdf "among state prison inmates who possessed a gun at the time of offense 40% obtained their firearm from an illegal source. " Also from the same study it is held that a .5 percent drop over a ten year period is not a "significant" reduction. ----- "And wouldn't someone doing what you propose be a criminal versus a "good law abiding citizens" for "sell(ing) them to anyone willing to pay their price?" ----- I would call them a criminal but if I did you would probably disagree and call them an "entrepreneur" taking advantage of a free market opportunity. ----- As I said in my post above " for you putting more guns in the hands of more people and allowing them to carry everywhere is your only solution to everything."
Fran Armstrong May 02, 2014 at 02:26 PM
What interests me is that the Governor refuses to extend Medicaid even though the cost would be born by the government and wouldn't cost the state a penny. He is refusing the offer because he wants to spend the Medicaid money at his discretion and not solely to pay for the states cost for expanding Medicaid. As a person who worked all her life and was laid off, I cannot afford health insurance. Medicaid would really be of help. Why is he so interested in expending the places a person can carry a gun, but not in the health of Georgians? Reminds me of when a man was killed by his neighbor who was caught robbing his house. It did get some responses but when there was a vote on whether or not alcohol should be served Sundays, the the comments were through the roof. I guess Georgia has a set of different priorities than what I'm used to.
TheSkalawag May 02, 2014 at 06:50 PM
Fran Armstrong by refusing to expand Medicaid Gov. Deal is sending the money back to Washington and Washington is then giving it to states that are expanding Medicaid. If you are tired of being overlooked vote for Jason Carter for Governor and Michelle Nunn for Senator and back your local democrat in 2014.
Dave May 02, 2014 at 07:43 PM
"even though the cost would be born by the government and wouldn't cost the state a penny. ".........You are misinformed, Fran Armstrong.
Tammy Osier May 04, 2014 at 08:30 AM
Dave, could you expand on that? Thanks.

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