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Georgia General Assembly Goes on Recess – <br/>Two Pro-Gun Bills Awaiting House Committee Hearings

Friday, April 1, 2011

On March 31, the Georgia General Assembly recessed and will reconvene on Monday, April 11.  Senate Bill 26, “Emergency Powers” legislation, is scheduled to be heard in the state House Judiciary Committee on April 11.  Senate Bill 98, which would expand the Right-to-Carry in public venues, is currently awaiting action in the state House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee and could be heard as early as April 11.

Senate Bill 26, sponsored by state Senator David Shafer (R-48), would protect our Second Amendment rights by prohibiting any government agency from confiscating or regulating the lawful sale, possession, transfer, transport and carry of firearms during a state of emergency, such as occurred in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.  SB 26 passed in the state Senate by a 40 to 12 vote on March 11.

Senate Bill 98, sponsored by state Senator Barry Loudermilk (R-52), would expand the Right-to-Carry in various public venues with the exception of a jail, prison, courtroom, nuclear power plant, state mental health facility, or county or municipal government buildings.  SB 98 passed in the state Senate by a 43 to 10 vote on March 14.

Your NRA-ILA will continue to update you as these bills progress through the Georgia General Assembly.

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