Please contact the members of the House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee today and Monday to voice your support. Use telephone, email, and facsimile. They need your encouragement.
Chairman – Powell, AlanVice Chairman – Taylor, Darlene K.Secretary – Atwood, AlexMembers
Please also attend a hearing on this bill on Monday, March 4, at 3:00 pm in Room 415 CLOB – (Coverdell Legislative Office Building – 18 Capitol Square SW, Atlanta, GA, 30334)
CLOB is across the street from the Capitol on the SouthWest side of the Capitol Building. Mitchel Street SW changes to Capitol Square SW when it crosses Washington Street SW.
Thanks in advance for your efforts getting this bill moved forward.
Your encouragement is desperately needed. While GCO does not usually comment on the efforts of other groups, an organization calling itself “Georgia Gun Owners” is spreading lies and misinformation about HB 512 in its postings on Facebook and in mass emails that it sends both to members and thousands of people who are not its members but somehow wound up on its mailing list. These postings and emails have resulted in a flood of predictably negative attacks from people who read the email, but did not read the bill.
“Georgia Gun Owners” claims that the bill was introduced “in the dead of night,” that it is “secret,” that it would lead to mental health screenings for all gun owners, that it imposes new fees on firearms license applications, that it requires you to “give up your medical privacy,” and that “poison pills” are waiting in the wings, such as “mandatory training.”
Apparently, “Georgia Gun Owners” derived all of this without reading a bill, since they claim it is “secret.”
Georgia Gun Owners is asking people to oppose the entire bill based on its misunderstanding of a provision relating to checks for involuntary hospitalizations. The truth is that current law includes voluntary hospitalizations as well as involuntary, and HB 512 is narrowing the scope of that provision down to involuntary hospitalizations only.
Here are the facts, straight from John Monroe, Vice President of GeorgiaCarry.Org.
The fee of $3 is in current law and is not changed by HB 512.
Want more information about HB 512? See Ed Stone’s Atlanta Gun Rights Examiner article on the bill. Click on the link here.
(1) Contact the members of the committee above today and Monday to encourage them. Use telephone, email, and fax.
(2) Please attend Monday’s hearing, if possible. 3:00 in room 415 CLOB.
Whether you can or cannot attend, please contact each member of the committee listed above to express your support for HB 512.