On Wednesday, March 2, the Georgia Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hear NRA-backed House Bill 859. Sponsored by state Representative Rick Jasperse (R-11), HB 859 seeks to amend restrictions in state law by allowing law-abiding Georgia Weapons License (GWL) holders to carry when they are in or on certain buildings or real property owned by or leased to any public technical school, vocational school, college, university, or other institution of postsecondary education.
Georgia Weapons License holders do not present a threat to public safety, as they are one of the most law-abiding segments of the population. These individuals should not be prevented from exercising their right to self-defense simply because they choose to seek a college education. Please contact members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and politely urge them to support HB 859 and when it comes up for consideration. Members of the committee can be contacted by clicking here or the Take Action button above.
Yesterday, House Bill 1060 passed the Georgia House of Representatives by a 120-52 vote. Also sponsored by Representative Rick Jasperse, HB 1060 makes several important changes to Georgia gun laws, including:
- Providing licensees of states with reciprocal agreements with Georgia a 90 day grace period to obtain a GWL while continuing to carry legally using their previous states’ license
- Shortening the length of time for a law enforcement agency to provide a background report of an applicant for a GWL from 30 to 10 days
- Prohibiting a probate judge from suspending, extending, delaying, or avoiding the process of the GWL application
- Protecting any firearms instructor who lawfully instructs, educates, or trains a person in the safe, proper, or technical use of a firearm from civil liability for any injuries caused by the failure of such person to use such firearm properly or lawfully
Your NRA-ILA would like to thank those Representatives who supported the Second Amendment rights of Georgia residents and voted in favor of House Bill 1060. HB 1060 now moves to the Senate where it awaits committee assignment for further consideration.
Please stay tuned to your email inbox and www.nraila.org for further updates on this bill and others as the 2016 legislative session progresses.