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Georgia: Multiple Pro-Gun Bills Passed by the House – Heading to the Senate

Friday, March 3, 2017

Georgia: Multiple Pro-Gun Bills Passed by the House – Heading to the Senate

Today, the Georgia House of Representatives passed three pro-gun bills.  House Bills 280, 406 and 292 now head over to the Senate where they will be referred to a committee and await a hearing.  Please contact your state Senator and urge them to SUPPORT these important pro-gun bills.

House Bill 280, sponsored by state Representative Mandi Ballinger (R-23), seeks to amend restrictions in state law that prohibit law-abiding Georgia Weapons License (GWL) holders from being able to protect themselves on college and university campuses.  HB 280 would allow law-abiding 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. House Bill 280 was passed by a 108-63 vote.

House Bill 406, sponsored by state Representative Alan Powell (R-32), seeks to amend certain issues with current reciprocity laws in Georgia.  This would allow Virginia concealed handgun permit holders to enjoy permit reciprocity with Georgia.  House Bill 406 was passed by a 164-7 vote.

House Bill 292, sponsored by state Representative Rick Jasperse (R-11), would make several positive and 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
  • Prohibiting a probate judge from suspending, extending, delaying, or avoiding the process of approving a 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
  • Making a code change regarding permit reciprocity.

House Bill 292 was passed by a 128-48 vote.

Please contact your state Senator and urge them to SUPPORT House Bill 280, House Bill 406, and House Bill 292 when they come up for a vote.

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