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Georgia Governor Signs One Pro-Gun Bill and Vetoes Another

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

On June 8, Governor Sonny Perdue (R) signed Senate Bill 308 into law. 

SB308 will reform Georgia’s handgun carry laws so that a Georgia firearms license would enable a person to carry any handgun or knife, openly or concealed.  SB 308 would also allow Georgia Firearm License holders to carry in more places by repealing the broad and vague “public gathering ban.” 

Unfortunately, Governor Perdue vetoed Senate Bill 291, which would have allowed a person lawfully licensed to carry a firearm the right to carry in all non-secure areas of airports, as well as while dropping off or picking up passengers at an airport.  Also included in the bill was a  provision that would make the license renewal process much easier.  Instead of the licensee having to remember to renew, the probate court would have been required to send out renewal notices 90 days before expiration. 

The Governor’s veto message can be viewed here.  You will need to scroll to the bottom of this link to find his veto message for SB 291.   

Please e-mail State Senator David Shafer (R-48) at david.shafer@senate.ga.gov and State Senator Mitch Seabaugh (R-28) at mail@mitchseabaugh.com and thank them for all their efforts with these important bills.

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