WHEREAS, in 2016, GeorgiaCarry.Org lobbied for and was successful in passing HB 859, the Campus Carry Act, which allowed for concealed firearms on Georgia campuses; and
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Yesterday, the governor issued the below press release.
Deal calls on General Assembly to address “campus carry” concerns
The governor’s office released the following statement in response to “campus carry” legislation passed by the General Assembly:
“As a lifetime defender and staunch supporter of Second Amendment rights, Gov. Deal has signed every pro-gun bill to reach his desk. However, he believes legitimate points have been made in regards to certain aspects of the ‘campus carry’ bill and he calls on the General Assembly to address these concerns in related legislation before Sine Die. Specifically, these areas of concern include dually enrolled k-12 students who leave school to attend classes at a university or technical college campus, as well as daycare centers on these same campuses. Deal also believes the governing boards of universities and technical colleges should have the discretion to set reasonable rules regarding disciplinary hearings and faculty and administrative offices. Addressing these issues is an important step in ensuring the safety and freedoms of students, faculty and staff in our institutions of higher learning throughout our state.”
- In Georgia’s 240-year history as a state, it never has been a crime to carry a gun in day care centers. Day care centers have a much lower crime rate than colleges. We’re just trying to make colleges as safe as day care centers already are — it would not make sense now for the first time to criminalize carrying at day care centers.
- High school students already are around guns. GA has a robust youth shooting program which conservatively breaks down as:
- 135 High school rifle teams
- 520 JROTC high school rifle teams
- 139 Counties with 4-H shooting teams – rifles and shotguns
- Over 100,000 Boy Scout participating in Boy Scout programs
- There are estimated over 200,000 students participating in the above programs and there are many other programs in the state that are run by churches and other entities.
- It is already legal to carry in many other places where high school students are commonly found (restaurants, shopping malls, movie theaters, parks, festivals).
- It is already legal to carry in high schools when picking up and dropping off a student.
- Hundreds of thousands of people are exempt from the prohibition against carrying in K-12 (people in the military, police, judges, court clerks, etc.)
To email the governor, you must go here and fill out the form.
This afternoon HB 859 PASSED the Georgia State Senate Floor vote by a margin of 37-17.
We would like to thank the members of the Senate, the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senate Rules Committee and Lt. Governor Casey Cagle for taking up this bill, allowing it to be heard and vetted and put before the Senators for their consideration.
A special thanks to Senator Jesse Stone for his great work shepherding this bill through the Senate.
The bill now heads to the Governors desk to await his action to either sign the bill into law, veto the bill or do not sign the bill and allow it to become law without his signature. We expect the first option, sign into law but we still need to keep contacting the governor requesting he sign the bill into law.
I will assure you the George Soros/Michael Bloomberg groups will continue to hound him to veto the bill. We also need to let him know we want the bill signed.
To email the governor, you must go here and fill out the form.
If you wish to write him, feel free to do so. Governor Deal’s address and phone number is below.
Office of the Governor
206 Washington Street
111 State Capitol
Atlanta, Georgia 30334PhoneFax:
We have been informed that the Senate will hold a floor vote on HB859, The Campus Carry Act tomorrow.
Please contact your Senator and ask him/her to support HB859 with NO ADDED amendments….
If you are not aware of your Senator’s contact information, go to this link and put in your address. You state legislators will appear with their contact information. As always, please be polite when contacting your elected officials as they are only doing the jobs you elected them to do.
Thanks to all members who have worked so hard to get this far.
HB859 was read and assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill will probably be heard week of 2/29/16. Please keep watch for further information on how you can help pass HB859 out of the committee.
On February 19, 2016, HB859 was assigned to the House Floor Calendar for a Monday February 22, vote.
We need all members and their friends to contact their State Representatives this weekend and ask them to vote for HB859. As always, please be respectful in all your correspondence with our elected officials.
If you are unsure of your elected officials, click here and input your address. Your state Representative and Senator information will appear.
If HB859 passes the House, it will then be sent to the Senate to begin the process again. The bill will be read to the Senate, assigned to a Committee, heard in that committee and if agreed to, will go to the Senate Rules Committee and hopefully be assigned to the Senate Calendar for a floor vote in the Senate. We will notify you which committee it is assigned to and ask that you contact that committee’s members. We have no timeframe as to when the bill will be assigned to a committee at this time.
This morning, our other bill was dropped into the House Hopper. It is HB1060, which is outlined in our Current Bills section and can be read in its entirety at the link above.
We need tocontact both our Representatives and Senators. Our Representatives now on HB859 and HB1060 and hopefully our Senators after Monday’s vote on the House Floor of HB859.
GeorgiaCarry.Org has asked the City of Haralson, Georgia, to remove its “No Guns” signs after a city official informed a GeorgiaCarry.Org member that she would be arrested if she continued carrying a gun in the City of Haralson Park. The reason given was the presence of “children in the park.”
GeorgiaCarry.Org’s letter can be viewed here.
In response to the letter, the City Attorney has advised the City of Haralson that nobody should be arrested in response to the signage in the park. He is also looking into removal of the signs. We will provide you an update when it is available.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has filed a motion for an order “protecting” it from discovery obligations in GCO’s case against the Corps for banning loaded guns on Corps property. If granted, the order would prohibit GCO from using interrogatories or taking depositions of Corps employees. The Corps’ brief, and GCO’s response, can be found here.
The Supreme Court of Georgia has transferred GCO’s challenge of the ban of firearms at the Wings Over North Georgia airshow to the Court of Appeals. The order doing so may be viewed here.