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Georgia: Seized Firearms Legislation to be Heard by Senate Committee

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Please Contact Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee Today and Urge Them to Support SB 350!

This Monday, February 6, the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hear NRA-backed Senate Bill 350.  This hearing will take place at 1:00 p.m. or after Senate adjournment in Room 450 of the State Capitol.

SB 350 would mandate municipal, county and state police authorities return all seized firearms, not currently being held as evidence in a criminal investigation, to the lawful owner if able.  If the lawful owner is not found or unable to take possession of the firearm, SB 350 would require these agencies to sell these firearms at a public auction to a licensed firearms dealer.  Current Georgia law allows for seized guns to be immediately destroyed.

SB 350 would also prevent the wasteful and expensive practice of destroying firearms that could be re-circulated through licensed dealers to the retail market.  Localities would be enabled with the ability to reap the benefits of the sale proceeds and consumers would have access to affordable firearms through licensed dealers, with all of the usual safeguards that apply to dealer sales to the public.

We expect active opposition to SB 350 by some local law enforcement agencies and we need your help today!  Please call AND e-mail members of the state Senate Judiciary Committee and respectfully urge them to SUPPORT SB 350.  Contact information can be found below.

Senate Judiciary Committee:

Senator Bill Hamrick (R-30), Chairman
(404) 656-0036
bill.hamrick@senate.ga.gov

Senator Bill Cowsert (R-46), Vice-Chairman
(404) 463-1383
bill.cowsert@senate.ga.gov

Senator John Crosby (R-13), Secretary
(404) 463-5258
John.Crosby@senate.ga.gov

Senator Charlie Bethel (R-54)
(404) 656-6436
Charlie.bethel@senate.ga.gov

Senator Jason Carter (D-42)
(404) 463-1376
Jason.carter@senate.ga.gov

Senator Vincent Fort (D-39)
(404) 656-5091
Vincent.fort@senate.ga.gov

Senator William T. Ligon, Jr. (R-3)
(404) 656-0045
William.ligon@senate.ga.gov

Senator Josh McKoon (R-29)
(404) 463-3931
jrm2016@yahoo.com

Senator Ronald B. Ramsey, Sr. (D-43)
(404) 463-2598
ronald.ramsey@senate.ga.gov

Senator Jesse Stone (R-23)
(404) 463-1314
jesse.stone@senate.ga.gov

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