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
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
In order to email the Governor, you must go here and fill out the form:
Contact Information for the Lt. Governor, Casey Cagle
Office of the Lieutenant Governor
In order to email the Lt. Governor, you must go here and fill out the form:
Contact Information for President Pro Tempore, David Shafer
P.O. Box 880
Duluth, GA 30096
Phone: (404) 497-0048