More Letters and reasons to Gov. Perdue Urging him to sign HB 89

Senator John Douglas and GCO’s President Ed Stone have both written letters urging him to sign HB 89. Those letters can be viewed here:

Senator Douglas’ Letter

GCO President’s Letter

Also a new reason to urge the Governor to sign HB 89 is that the Department of the Interior has now published a proposed rule change for the National Park Service to allow concealed carry in National Parks and Wildlife Refuges as long as the state allows carry in their own parks and refuges. Since HB 89 would allow GFL holders to carry in State Park, then the only thing needed is for Gov. Perdue to sign HB 89 for GFL holders to be able to carry in National Parks when the proposed rule change goes into effect.

The proposed rule change is as follows for National Parks:
“A person may possess, carry, and transport concealed, loaded, and operable
firearms within a national park area in the same manner, and to the same
extent, that a person may lawfully possess, carry, and transport concealed,
loaded and operable firearms in any state park, or any similar unit of state
land, in the state in which the federal park, or that portion thereof, is
located, provided that such possession, carrying and transporting otherwise
complies with applicable federal and state law.”

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One Response to “More Letters and reasons to Gov. Perdue Urging him to sign HB 89”

  1. Carl in Chicago Says:

    Dear Ladies and Gentlemen of Georgia:

    Hello from Chicago! I moved from Texas, where my rights were assumed and guaranteed, to Chicago, where my rights are severely infringed. This move has frustrated me, but now, my eyes are open, and will always be open, to the threats of gun control advocates and the dire realities posed by their policy.

    Regarding GA bill 89, I wrote the following letter:

    I understand that the The Atlanta Journal – Constitution is asking citizens whether Governor Perdue should sign or veto Bill 89, the liberalized concealed carry bill.

    As a licensed concealed carry permit holder who enjoys reciprocity with Georgia when I travel there, I feel that he should sign the bill. Largely, I base my opinion on proven public policy, not to mention second amendment guarantees.

    Regarding policy, state concealed carry laws have been heavily scrutinized and studied. Such laws are prevalent (48 states with some form of this law) and successful (no state has repealed such law). In the majority of states for which data is available, concealed carry has been credited with reducing crime, particularly violent crime rates. In the remaining states, it has been found to have had no statistically significant effect. Within no state have these laws been shown to increase crime. Thus, and generally, concealed carry is good policy that promotes the public safety and well-being.

    Perhaps the most vocal opponents of this proposed rule express concern that there will be trouble in establishments that serve alcohol should it become lawful for licensed, trained, and permitted adults to carry concealed firearms there (while abstaining from drink). I feel this argument has little merit (if any). Nationwide, approximately 3% of the adult population undergoes the criminal background checks, the training, the licensing, and the fee payment, etc., just to exercise their right to bear arms and to defend themselves and their loved ones from harm. The citizens receiving these licenses are the most law-abiding among us – the rate of license revocation among these people is measured in the hundredths of a single percentage point. Moreover, many states allow carry in drinking establishments but all bar drinking while carrying. The very people that are the most law-abiding in our society – the concealed carry license holders – have demonstrated that they abide the law. Because they abide the law, they will abide the prohibition against drinking while carrying.

    This is common-sense legislation, and it is my hope that Governor Purdue, in good and rational judgement, signs Bill 89 into law.