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Governor Deal signs HB292 Omnibus Gun Bill into law!

Monday, May 8th, 2017

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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Governor Deal signs HB280 Campus Carry Bill into law!

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

This afternoon, Governor Nathan Deal signed HB280, the Campus Carry Bill into law, removing one more location that armed criminals will not be able to choose defenseless victims due to where the person is walking or standing.

Now, the criminal will have to determine if perhaps risking his/her life is worth a tablet or laptop.  The playing field will soon be a little closer to level.  HB280 becomes law on July 1, 2017.

The article from the AJC 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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GA General Assembly Bill Synopsis

Friday, February 10th, 2017

All firearms bills introduced in the current (2017-2018) session are available here on our website, along with a short synopsis of each bill and GeorgiaCarry.Org’s support for or against.  All bills are linked to the bill as it moves through the General Assembly.  We strive to keep the information current, but are dependent on the General Assembly to update their status.  Sometimes toward either sine-die or crossover day, they are busy making changes and get behind.

The General Assembly meets yearly in a  two year session. All Representatives and Senators are elected to office every two years.  This General Assembly Session will run for 40 legislative days in 2017 and 40 legislative days in 2018.  All bills introduced this year will remain valid until sine-die in 2018, unless they were defeated due to committee action or floor vote in either of the chambers.   The status of these bills will be updated when movement is made in either chamber or other bills are introduced.  We only list bills that are firearms or weapons related.  The bills can be found under Current Legislation / Current Bills located here.

We also have a Georgia Legislative Page which helps you find your state Representatives and Senators’ contact information as well as the Governor and Lt. Governor, as well as tips and information on contacting each of your elected officials.  That page can be found under Current Legislation / GA Legislative Info located here.

Please be active and help us get our firearms bills passed!

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GCO, VCDL Sue Georgia AG

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

GCO, the Virginia Citizens Defense League, and a mutual member have filed suit against Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr on account of Carr’s refusal to recognize Virginia concealed carry licences in Georgia.   The complaint may be read here.

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CDC Doctor Denigrates 2A, GCO Mission

Saturday, September 3rd, 2016

Jean Clare Smith, a doctor with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, contacted GCO to complain about GCO’s efforts in the Botanical Garden case. She urged GCO to work on matters of importance to society, and has previously called for the Second Amendment to be radically changed. She asserts that “children” would appreciate it if GCO members would go to the range rather than advocate for enforcement of gun laws.

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Court Rules For Botanical Garden

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

On September 1, 2016, the Superior Court of Fulton County ruled that land leased by the Atlanta Botanical Garden from the City of Atlanta is “private” and therefore subject to the rules established by the Garden (including a prohibition against carrying guns there). The opinion and other case documents may be found here.

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GCO Attends SC Governor Haley’s Ceremonial Signing of Reciprocity Bill

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Wednesday, August 24, 2016 a ceremonial signing of SC HB 3799 was held in North Augusta, SC.  In attendance via invitation was GCO Executive Director, Jerry Henry, State Representative Alan Powell along with several GCO members including, State Representative Rick Jasperse, Mike Poss and several other state representatives whose district borders South Carolina.  Jerry Henry presented Governor Nikki Haley and SC State Representative Bill Hixon with GCO’s Good Neighbor Award for signing and sponsoring the bill.

L-R, GA State Representative Alan Powell, SC State Representative Bill Hixon, SC Governor Nikki Haley and Jerry Henry.

This was a ceremonial signing.  HB 3799 has been in effect since 06/03/16.

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The Gun Runners Ride Again!

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

GeorgiaCarry.Org is proud to announce the resurgence of the first ever GCO endorsed membership affiliate club, the “Gun Runners” Motorcycle Riders Club.

GCO Member Jud Kidney has taken the reigns as the Gun Runners Motorcycle Riders Clun Coordinator.  Jud is currently making plans for a group ride to occure late summer/early fall and will be contacting current Gun Runners members with details when they are finalized.

The “Gun Runners” primary mission is to spread the word about responsible carry by riders and to promote GeorgiaCarry.Org within the motorcycle rider’s community. We have no dues, no initiation, no meetings, or any of the other complications of more organized clubs.  The only requirement for Gun Runners membership is your GCO membership.   What we do have is a passion for our Second Amendment rights and a love to ride.   The Gun Runners  welcome all riders on all sorts of motorcycles.  No matter if you ride a trike, cruiser, sport bile, enduro or hog.   Heck we even accept Gold Wing riders (*with a character reference).   If you are interested in joining the Gun Runners, please email Jud Kidney at gunrunners@georgiacarry.org

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Sharing the love!

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

From time to time, we like to share some of the correspondence we receive from some of the gun prohibitionists.  Why they take the time to write to us is unknown and only reinforces our beliefs that we are doing what’s right by standing up for our second amendment rights.  Your Executive Director appeared on MSNBC on July 4th.  Just after the show was over, he received the following email from a M Woodward from the Boston, MA area:

Just saw you. Are all of you gun nuts clowns? You seem to be. As a victim of gun violence, as well as many of my friends, you disgust me with your stupid 1799 mentality! You want arms, get a musket! It never said anything specifically about a gun in the constitution, moron! I hope not, but what if your kids are victims of a mass shooting? I know, just more guns, right?
It’s time to look out for Americans and not just your own self interests, 33,000 people die a year in this country because of fools like you having easy access to guns. That’s like having 11 9/11’s a year or a Vietnam. And tens of thousands more get shot and are disabled. Damaged for life.
You are the worst type of American we have in this country. So what if you’re a vet, I am too. The NRA is a terrorist Organization and people like you are the terrorists. You want to make it super easy for any wanna be terrorist or any sick individual just to walk in and buy any gun they want. Shame on you! You are an embarrassment to this country! Thanks to people like you, the whole world thinks we are idiots, and that is why ISIS tells their followers to act out in this country because of our weak gun laws. That’s exactly why Orlando happened. Their blood is on the hands of people like you, not to mention all those 6-year-old kids in Connecticut and the many other places.
Please leave this country, sir!
He received an email stating, “Thank you for your kind and thoughtful comments!”
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South Carolina Governor Haley Signs GA Reciprocity Bill!

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

This morning, South Carolina Governor Haley signed SC H3799 into law, recognizing our GWL’s in South Carolina.  The bill is effective upon her signing so we now have reciprocity.

Please remember to check out the SC laws before carrying there and remember that they only allow concealed carry.

This is great news as we can now carry in all our neighboring states!!!

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