Current Bills – General Assembly Session 2019-2020

The following Bills have been introduced into the Georgia General Assembly.  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 2019 and 40 legislative days in 2020.  All bills introduced this session will remain valid until sine-die in 2020, unless they are 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.  The bills listed below are bills that are firearms or weapons related.

Last Update – February 15, 2019

HOUSE BILLS

HB 2 Georgia Constitutional Carry Act of 2019

Introduced by Matt Gurtler, R-8

Upcoming events related to HB 2

  • Awaiting hearing in House Public Safety & Homeland Security
  • No further events scheduled on HB156

Summary of HB 2

This bill shall be known as the “Georgia Constitutional Carry Act of 2017″ and will:

  • Removes restrictions on carrying firearms in any park, historic site, or recreational area;
  • Removes the necessity to have a GWL to carry a firearm for all lawful weapons carriers;
  • Provides definition for “lawful weapons carrier”;
  • Repeals Code Section 16-11-126;
  • Makes the GWL optional for reciprocity purposes;
  • Basically replaces any requirement for a GWL in the Code Section with “lawful weapons carrier”.

GeorgiaCarry.Org’s Opinion of HB 2

  • GeorgiaCarry.Org Supports HB 2.

HB 20 Crimes and Offenses; persons convicted of family violence offenses cannot possess or carry firearms; provide

Introduced by Debra Bazemore, D-63

Sponsored by (1) Debra Bazemore, D-63

Upcoming events related to HB 20

Summary of HB 20

This bill:

  • Copies Federal Law on Felons purchasing and carrying firearms.

GeorgiaCarry.Org’s Opinion of HB 20

  • GeorgiaCarry.Org Strongly Opposes HB 20.

HB 33 Weapons carry license; extension of time for the renewal of a license for certain service members serving on active duty outside of the state; provide

Introduced by Eddie Lumsden, R-12

Sponsored by (1) Eddie Lumsden, R-12, (2) Bill Hitchens, R-161 (3) Alan Powell, R-32, (4) Brian Prince, D-127, (5) Mike Glanton, D-75, (6) Heath Clark, R147

Upcoming events related to HB 33

Summary of HB 33

This bill:

  • Changes definition of the term Service Member to include all branches of service.
  • Extends the expiration date of a service member’s GWL to 6 months after the date of his/her discharge from the service, provided they carry proof of their discharge date.

GeorgiaCarry.Org’s Opinion of HB 33

  • GeorgiaCarry.Org Supports HB 33

HB 55 Crimes and offenses; prohibit printing or production of certain firearms produced by means of three-dimensional printing; provide

Introduced by Roger Bruce D-61

Sponsored by (1) Roger Bruce D-61, (2) Beverly James, D-143, (3) Erick Allen, D-40, (4) Derrick Jackson, D-64, (5) Becky Evans D-83, (6) Al Williams, D-168

Upcoming events related to HB 55

  • Bill was tabled in House Public Safety & Homeland Security Subcommittee hearing on 02/11/19

Summary of HB 55

This bill:

  • Creates the crime of 3D printing a firearm without an ATF license.
  • Establishes the crime of 3D printing as a felony
  • Establishes the punishment at imprisonment at a period of 5 years.

GeorgiaCarry.Org’s Opinion of HB 55

  • GeorgiaCarry.Org Strongly Opposes HB 55

HB 58 Crimes and offenses; prohibit persons convicted of misdemeanor crimes of family violence from receiving, possessing, or transporting firearms

Introduced by Rhonda Burnough, D-77

Sponsored by (1) Rhonda Burnough, D-77, (2) William Boddie, D-62, (3) Kim Schofeld, D-60, (4) Jasmine Clark, D-108, (5) Betsy Holland, D-54, (6) Matthew Wilson, D-80

Upcoming events related to HB 58

  • No events scheduled.

Summary of HB 58

This bill:

  • Makes a simple assault conviction a prohibitor of owning a firearm, if committed between a very long list of persons.
  • Makes a simple battery conviction a prohibitor of owning a firearm, if committed between a very long list of persons.
  • Makes a conviction of battery a prohibitor of owning a firearm, if committed between a very long list of persons.
  • Makes conviction of pointing or aiming a firearm at another person a prohibitor of owning a firearm, if committed between a very long list of persons.
  • Expands the list of persons against whom domestic violence would be charged.
  • Provides for confiscation of firearms for all convicted of any of the above crimes.

GeorgiaCarry.Org’s Opinion of HB 58

  • GeorgiaCarry.Org Strongly Opposes HB 58

HB 74 Ride share network services and transportation referral services; disallowing ride share drivers who are weapons carry license holders from carrying or possessing weapons in a vehicle that is used for purposes of the ride share network service; prohibit

Introduced by Scott Turner, R-21

Sponsored by (1) Scott Turner, R-21, (2) Heath Clark, R-147, (3) Alan Powell, R-32, (4) Jason Ridley, R-6, (5) Joseph Gullett, R-19, (6) Marc Morris, R-26

Upcoming events related to HB 74

  • No events scheduled.

Summary of HB 74

This bill:

  • Forces all ride share companies (Uber, Lyft, etc.) to allow all drivers who possess a valid GWL to allow drivers to carry while on the job.

GeorgiaCarry.Org’s Opinion of HB 74

  • GeorgiaCarry.Org is neutral on HB 74

HB 122 Firearms; license holders carrying and possession of weapons in buildings or real property owned or leased to public institutions of postsecondary education; revoke authorization in certain manners

Introduced by Robert Trammel, D-132

Sponsored by (1) Robert Trammel, D-132, (2) Mary Robichaux, D-48, (3) Spencer Frye, D-118, (4) Demetrius Douglas, D-78, (5) Mike Wilensky, D-79, (6) Betsy Holland, D-54

Upcoming events related to HB 122

  • No events scheduled.

Summary of HB 122

This bill:

  • Repeals Campus Carry.

GeorgiaCarry.Org’s Opinion of HB 122

  • GeorgiaCarry.Org Strongly Opposes HB 122

HB 137 Crimes and offenses; persons convicted of family violence offenses cannot possess or carry firearms; provide

Introduced by Debra Bazemore, D-63

Sponsored by (1) Debra Bazemore, D-63, (2) Mike Wilensky, D-79, (3) Spencer Frye, D-118, (4) Beverly James, D-143, (5) Roger Bruce, D-61, (6) Mary Margaret Oliver, D-82

Upcoming events related to HB 137

  • No events scheduled.

Summary of HB 137

This bill:

  • Most of it already is a federal crime.
  • Under federal law, you can be punished by the state and the feds for the same conduct, so a violation is two felonies, not just one.
  • Includes some conduct that is beyond the scope of the federal law (i.e., it punishes more conduct than the feds do), and the delineations seem arbitrary.
  • Under federal law, there has to be a certain familial relationship with the victim.
  • This bill merely requires having lived in the same household.
  • If you had a fight with a college roommate, you are prohibited for life from possessing a firearm.
  • But if you have been in 10 bar fights with strangers, you are okay.  Doesn’t make sense.
  • If conduct is severe or serious enough to warrant lifelong disarmament, why is it not a felony?

GeorgiaCarry.Org’s Opinion of HB 137

  • GeorgiaCarry.Org Strongly Opposes HB 137

HB 165 Crimes and offenses; investigative and fingerprint based criminal history check requirements of persons submitting weapons carry license and renewal license applications; revise

Introduced by Robert Trammel, D-132

Sponsored by (1) Robert Trammel, D-132, (2) Spencer Frye, D-118, (3) Mike Wilensky, D-118, (4) Mary Robichaux, D-48, (5) Shelly Hutchinson, D-107, (6) Matthew Wilson, D-80

Upcoming events related to HB 165

  • No events scheduled.

Summary of HB 165

This bill:

  • Reinstates the requirement for fingerprint background check on renewals for GWL

GeorgiaCarry.Org’s Opinion of HB 165

  • GeorgiaCarry.Org Strongly Opposes HB 165

HB 238 Gun Safety Act; enact

Introduced by Matthew Wilson, D-80

Sponsored by (1) Matthew Wilson, D-80, (2) Beverly James, D-143, (3) Spencer Frye, D-118, (4) Josh McLaurin, D-51, (5) Shelly Hutchinson, D-107, (6) Karen Bennett, D-94

Upcoming events related to HB 238

  • No events scheduled.

Summary of HB 238

This bill:

  • Would require FFL background checks on all guns sold at a gun show.

GeorgiaCarry.Org’s Opinion of HB 238

  • GeorgiaCarry.Org Strongly Opposes HB 238

HB 289 Georgia Firearms and Weapons Act; enact

Introduced by Mary Margaret Oliver, D-80

Sponsored by (1) Mary Margaret Oliver, D-80, (2) Spencer Frye, D-118, (3) Jasmine Clark, D-108, (4) Renitta Shannon, D-84, (5) Betsy Holland, D-54, (6) Matthew Wilson, D-80

Upcoming events related to HB 289

  • No events scheduled.

Summary of HB 289

This bill:

  • Bans Bumpstocks and classifies them as machine guns
  • Invokes a 5 year jail term for mere possission.

GeorgiaCarry.Org’s Opinion of HB 289

  • GeorgiaCarry.Org Strongly Opposes HB 289

SENATE BILLS

SB 33 Carrying and Possession of Firearms; carrying of weapons in government buildings; prohibit

Introduced by Emanuel Jones, D- 10

Sponsored by (1) Emanuel Jones, D- 10, (2) Lester Jackson, D-2, (3) Elena Parent, D-42, (4) Jennifer Jordan, D-6 (5) Valencia Seay, D-34, (6) Freddie Powell Sims. D-12

Upcoming events related to SB 33

  • No events scheduled.

Summary of SB 33

This bill:

  • Would prohibit carrying in government buildings

GeorgiaCarry.Org’s Opinion of SB 33

  • GeorgiaCarry.Org Strongly Opposes SB 33

SB 34 Dangerous Instrumentalities and Practices; persons who are ineligible for weapons carry licenses; provisions; change

Introduced by Emanuel Jones, D- 10

Sponsored by (1) Emanuel Jones, D- 10, (2) Gloria Butler, D-55, (3) Sally Harrell, D-40, (4) Nan Orrock, D-36 (5) Valencia Seay, D-34, (6) Freddie Powell Sims. D-12

Upcoming events related to SB 34

  • No events scheduled.

Summary of SB 34

This bill:

  • Would prohibit issuing a license to anyone who has been diagnosed with a disability within the last 10 years.
  • If diagnosed with disability within the last 10 years with a disability, applicant would have to provide a sworn statement from a psychologist or psychiatrist who is licensed in this state that the applicant is mentally competent to be issued a GWL or renewal.

GeorgiaCarry.Org’s Opinion of SB 34

  • GeorgiaCarry.Org Strongly Opposes SB 34

SB 39 Dangerous Instrumentalities and Practices; persons who are ineligible for weapons carry licenses; provisions; change

Introduced by Lester Jackson, D-2

Sponsored by (1) Lester Jackson, D-2, (2) Emanuel Jones, D-10, (3) Steve Henson, D-41, (4) Donzella James, D-35, (5) Freddie Powell Sims. D-12

Upcoming events related to SB 39

  • No events scheduled.

Summary of SB 39

This bill:

  • Would change the requirement of government entities in possession of firearms that are in possession of law enforcement officials from a forced sell of firearms to a voluntary sale and would allow for destroying them instead.
  • Also changes the frequency from not less than one per year to no time requirement.

GeorgiaCarry.Org’s Opinion of SB 39

  • GeorgiaCarry.Org Strongly Opposes SB 39

SB 50 Carrying and Possesion of Handguns; authorization by license holders in certain buildings; public institutions of postsecondary education; repeal

Introduced by Sally Harrell, D-40

Sponsored by (1) Sally Harrell, D-40, (2) Steve Henson, D-41, (3) Jennifer Jordan, D-6, (4) Sheikh Rahman, D-5, (5) Harold Jones ll, D-22, (6) Gloria Butleer, D-55

Upcoming events related to SB 50

  • No events scheduled.

Summary of SB 50

This bill:

  • Would repeal campus carry.

GeorgiaCarry.Org’s Opinion of SB 50

  • GeorgiaCarry.Org Strongly Opposes SB 50

SB 72 Game and Fish; hunting on wildlife management areas; prohibition; remove

Introduced by Tyler Harper, R-7

Sponsored by (1) Tyler Harper, R-7, (2) Jeff Mullis, R-53, (3) Steve Gooch, R-51, (4) Burt Jones, R-25, (5) Frank Ginn, R-47, (6) Freddie Powell Sims. D-12

Upcoming events related to SB 72

  • No events scheduled.

Summary of SB 72

This bill:

  • Allows hunting on Wildlife Management Areas without having to obtain a license from the WMA.
  • Adds the definition of air gun as it pertains to primitive hunting season which has a sunset provision of July 1, 2024.
  • Makes changes to several hunting seasons.
  • Allows for baiting for attracting feral hogs.

GeorgiaCarry.Org’s Opinion of SB 72

  • GeorgiaCarry.Org Supports SB 72

SB 78 Carrying and Possession of Firearms; training requirement for the issuance of a weapons carry license; provide

Introduced by Emanuel Jones, D-10

Sponsored by (1) Emanuel Jones, D-10, (2) Elena Parent, D-42, (3) Nan Orrock, D-36, (4) Jennifer Jordan, D-6, (5) Valencia Seay, D-34, (6) Freddie Powell Sims. D-12

Upcoming events related to SB 78

  • No events scheduled.

Summary of SB 78

This bill:

  • Requires training for all GWLs issued after December 31, 2019 within 3 years prior to submitting an application for a GWL.
  • Training is to be a handgun safety course by a training organization as approved by the Department of Public Safety.
  • Training would require at least 8 hours and include:
    • Information on laws relating to handguns and use of deadly force
    • Information on handgun use and safety
    • Information on proper storage practices
    • Actual firing time in presence of instructor
  • Exempts the following from training requirement:
    • Instructors who work at a handgun education training organization as approved by the DPS.
    • Demonstrates proficiency to the commissioner of Public Safety
    • Is on active duty in the military service
  • The commissioner of Public Safety shall create rules and regulations for the implementation of this subsection.

GeorgiaCarry.Org’s Opinion of SB 78

  • GeorgiaCarry.Org Strongly Opposes SB 78

SB 84 Weapons Carry License; payment of a fee only for the issuance; provide

Introduced by Greg Kirk, R-13

Sponsored by (1) Greg Kirk, R-13, (2) Bill Heath, R-31

  • Current Location: Senate Hopper

Upcoming events related to SB 84

  • No events scheduled.

Summary of SB 84

This bill:

  • Will repeal the cost of the renewal of a GWL so long as the GWL has not expired.
  • The initial application for a GWL is unchanged.
  • If the GWL is allowed to expire, the applicant will have to apply for a new license and be subject to the initial application procedure.
  • Eliminates the $1.00 fee for a temporary license at renewal.

 GeorgiaCarry.Org’s Opinion of SB 84

  • GeorgiaCarry.Org Supports SB 84

SB 105 Georgia Firearms and Weapons Act

Introduced by Jennifer Jordan, D-6

Sponsored by (1) Jennifer Jordan, D-6, (2) Elenna Parent, D-42, (3) Gail Davenport, D-44, (4) Nan Orrock, D-36, (5) Gloria Butler, D-55, (6) Sheikh Rahman, D-5

Upcoming events related to SB 105

  • No events scheduled.

Summary of SB 105

This bill:

  • Bans Bumpstocks and classifies them as machine guns
  • Invokes a 5 year jail term for mere possission.

 GeorgiaCarry.Org’s Opinion of SB 105

  • GeorgiaCarry.Org Strongly Opposes SB 105
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