"Today is a great day for law-abiding gun owners in Georgia," said Chris W. Cox, NRA’s chief lobbyist. "The rights of law-abiding citizens to protect themselves, whether in a restaurant, wilderness area or while at work, must be maintained. Corporate property interests do not trump people’s right to self-defense."
Governor Perdue’s signing of HB 89 follows Florida Governor Charlie Crist’s signing similar legislation into law in Florida.
This critical Right-to-Carry Reform legislation will strengthen Georgia’s current laws by:
- Allowing licensed carry permit holders to possess a firearm in any private motor vehicle, while on any publicly accessible parking lot;
- Prohibiting gun dealer entrapment schemes, such as those orchestrated by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg;
- Allowing concealed carry permit holders to carry in State Parks; recreational areas, wildlife management areas and public transportation;
- Creating a stricter time limit for various stages of the concealed carry license application process; and
- Allowing concealed carry permit holders to carry in restaurants.