Senators Jesse Stone and Hunter Hill Severely Weaken HB875

Wednesday, March 12, the Senate Judiciary Non-Civil Committee met without inviting the sponsor of HB875 and introduced a substitute bill to severely weaken the bill.  The substitute which changes churches to opt in with the permission of the owner of the church, gives preemption to local governments on carry into government buildings and adds family violence battery (which means if you touch your wife and she does not want to be touched, you have committed family violence battery) was introduced by Senator Hunter Hill. These changes are not acceptable to GeorgiaCarry.Org nor are they acceptable to the NRA.

This move appears to be another step in the assurance of the appointment of a judgeship to Senator Stone.

The vote was a 3-3 tie until Senator Stone voted to break the tie.

The only Senator who spoke up for the Second Amendment and voted against the substitute was Senator Josh McKoon who stated his displeasure with the weakening of the bill. Every Member of GeorgiaCarry.Org should contact Senator Josh McKoon and email thank him for standing up for them and the Second Amendment.

This is exactly why GCO worked with the House to get HB60 passed to the Senate as we were certain Jesse Stone and his committee would introduce this type substitute to a very good gun bill that would render it almost useless in advancing the Second Amendment in GA.  The Senate now has a good gun bill (HB60) and a very weakened gun bill (HB875) that insures they will have to decide whether they are Second Amendment Proponents or Second Amendment Opponents.  Their vote in the next couple of days will be evidence of where they stand.

What is the current status of each of the bills?

HB875 will now go to Senate Rules Committee with the possibility of going to the floor for a vote.  HB60 is still on the floor and available for a Senate vote whenever the Lt. Governor sees fit to bring it to the floor.

What do we do now?

Continue to Contact Officials

Now, we need you to continue to contact the Governor Nathan Deal, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, President Pro Tempore David Shafer and your Senator in that order.  We need you to call, write, FAX and email the above people if at all possible.  We would like to see everyone’s email box and voice mail full if they are not already full. We need to send the following message to everyone in those positions:

Simply tell them, “I am a “member of GeorgiaCarry.Org and I want this bill passed as it passed the House.  There is no reason for the State of Georgia to continue to deny my God given constitutionally enumerated rights to self-protection.  It is time the Senate passes a good gun bill that allows law-abiding citizens such as myself to protect myself wherever I might be.  Please pass HB60 as it was amended and passed by the House.”

It is imperative that you let these people know that you want to see HB60 passed as it was amended and passed the House.  Be short and to the point in all communications with your senator.  As stated in the past and we continue to state, please show your elected officials respect when contacting them in any manner. Threats of never voting for them get you nowhere very quickly and hurt, rather than help our cause.

Contact Information for Governor Nathan Deal

Address:

The Office of the Governor
State of Georgia
203 State Capitol
Atlanta, Georgia 30334

Address for mail:

206 Washington Street
Suite 203, State Capitol
Atlanta, GA 30334

Phone: 404-656-1776

Fax: 404-657-7332

In order to email the Governor, you must go here and fill out the form:

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Contact Information for the Lt. Governor, Casey Cagle

Office of the Lieutenant Governor

240 State Capitol
Atlanta, GA 30334
Phone: (404) 656-5030
Fax: (404) 656-6739

In order to email the Lt. Governor, you must go here and fill out the form:

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Contact Information for President Pro Tempore, David Shafer

Capitol Office

321 State Capitol
Atlanta, GA 30334
Phone: (404) 656-0048
Fax: (404) 463-5220

District Information

P.O. Box 880

Duluth, GA 30096

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One Response to “Senators Jesse Stone and Hunter Hill Severely Weaken HB875”

  1. solagratia1012 Says:

    As a pastor of a Georgia church and owner of a carry license, I am hopeful that this bill will eventually come to pass, thus allowing me the right to carry my firearm into the Church building on a regular basis. However, I would take a different opinion to the one above – that the particular measure to allow Churches to opt in weakens the bill. I won’t speak to the other changes, but on that particular one, I would disagree with the writer. Again, as a pastor I see it being a great picture of the expression of the freedom of religion to allow Churches to make their own decision as to whether one can or can not carry firearms onto their private property. Just as I have seen argued elsewhere previously, carry on private property should be the decision of the property owner, not the State. And thus churches are better off and more purely free when they are wholly and completely given the freedom to make this decision based on their collective congregational conscience. And so again, I as a Pastor do appreciate this change and see it not as a weakening of the bill, but as a strengthening of the right of individual churches within this proposed piece of legislation.

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