Governor Deal signs HB292 Omnibus Gun Bill into law!

This afternoon, Governor Nathan Deal signed HB292, the Omnibus Gun Bill into law, making this the 3rd gun rights bill signed in this session of the GA General Assembly.  HB 292 is effective upon Governor Deal’s signature.

The omnibus bill restores rights and correct language from previous sessions:

  • Prohibits “financial services” from discriminating against persons or companies in the firearms business.
  • Changes the definition of a knife to a cutting instrument designed for the purpose of offense and defense consisting of a blade that is greater than 12 inches in length which is fastened to a handle.  Previous definition was a blade greater than 5″ in length.
  • Will allow for a person moving into GA who has a valid firearms license or permit to carry on that permit for 90 days or upon person attaining a GWL;
  • Provides that any person with a valid hunting or fishing license may have or carry a weapon without a GWL.  Previously could only carry a firearm.
  • Allow for certain law enforcement officers to carry when in performance of their official duties;
  • Provides for Probate Judge and the DNR to offer Gun Safety Information to applicants for GWL
  • Gives law enforcement 20 days to report to the Probate Judge any findings that may bear upon the issuance of a GWL, reducing the time frame for issuance of GWL to 35 days.
  • The judge of the probate court shall not suspend the processing of the application or extend, delay, or avoid any time requirements
  • Provides a path to repeal the GWL upon adjudication of a matter that would effect the maintenance of a GWL;
  • Provides for a name change due to marriage or divorce or an address change if the GWL’s expiration date is over 90 days out.  The fee for such replacement is determined by Code Section 15-9-60 (k)(13) and is currently $6.00
  • Makes changes to Code Section 16-11-130
  • Defines the term commercial service airport;
  • Defines the term major airline carrier;
  • Provides a path for a person who has been involuntarily hospitalized to apply for restoration of rights.
  • Provides that any instructor who lawfully instructs, educates, or trains a person in the safe, proper, or technical use of a firearm shall be immune from civil liability for any injuries caused by the failure of such person to use such firearm properly or lawfully.

The full bill can be found here.
Thanks to all that participated in this effort and encouraged the governor to sign the bill into law!

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