Current Bills

The following current bills have been introduced.  The status will be updated when movement is made in either chamber.

HB 26  Georgia Constitutional Carry Act of 2013; enact 

  • Introduced by Charles Gregory, 34th
  • Sponsored by (1) Gregory, Charles, 34th
  • Current Location:  House Prefiled 12/19/12
  • Current Status: 12/19/13 – House Prefiled

Upcoming events related to HB26:

  •  No Current Action Scheduled

Summary of HB26:

  • Provides for Constitutional Carry
  • Eliminates Georgia Weapons Carry License requirement to carry

GeorgiaCarry.Org Opinion on HB26:

  • GCO Supports with changes
  • The author of the bill has been notified of requested by GCO Vice President, John Monroe

 

HB 27   Restoring Gun Rights During State of Emergency Act of 2013; enact 

  • Introduced by Charles Gregory, 34th
  • Sponsored by (1) Gregory, Charles, 34th
  • Current Location:  House Prefiled 12/19/12
  • Current Status: 12/19/13 – House Prefiled

Upcoming events related to HB27:

  •  No Current Action Scheduled

Summary of HB27:

Bans Emergency Gun Seizures

GeorgiaCarry.Org Opinion on HB27:

  • GCO Supports

 

HB 28  Georgia Campus Carry Act of 2013; enact

  • Introduced by Charles Gregory, 34th
  • Sponsored by (1) Gregory, Charles, 34th
  • Current Location:  House Prefiled 12/19/12
  • Current Status: 12/19/13 – House Prefiled

Upcoming events related to HB28:

  •  No Current Action Scheduled

Summary of HB28:

Repeals the church carry ban

GeorgiaCarry.Org Opinion on HB28:

  • GCO Supports

 

HB 29    Georgia Campus Carry Act of 2013; enact

  • Introduced by Charles Gregory, 34th
  • Sponsored by (1) Gregory, Charles, 34th
  • Current Location:  House Prefiled 12/19/12
  • Current Status: 12/19/13 – House Prefiled

Upcoming events related to HB29:

  •  No Current Action Scheduled

Summary of HB29:

Repeals the college campus carry ban

GeorgiaCarry.Org Opinion on HB29:

  • GCO Supports

 

HB 35    Firearms; carrying and possession of by an administrator within a school safety zone or school building;

  • Introduced by Paul Battles, 15th
  • Sponsored by (1) Battles, Paul 15th, (2) Epps, Bubber 144th, (3) Talton, Willie 147th, (4) Taylor, Tom 79th, (5) Weldon, Tom 3rd, (6) Kirby, Tom 11th
  • Current Location: Assigned to House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee on 01/16/13
  • Current Status: 01/16/13 – House Read Second Time

Upcoming events related to HB35:

  •  No Current Action Scheduled

Summary of HB35:

Provide that the board of education of each school system in this state shall be authorized

  • Designate one or more administrators in each school in the school system to possess and carry firearms within a school safety zone or a school building,
  • At a school function,
  • On school property or on a bus or other transportation furnished by the school;
  • Provide for training;

GeorgiaCarry.Org Opinion on HB35:

  • GCO Opposes as confusing and redundant with current law

 

HB 60    Firearms; certain laws regarding carrying and possession by retired judges; provide exemption

  • Introduced by Doug Holt 112th
  • Sponsored by (1) Holt, Doug, 112th
  • Current Location: Senate Floor
  • Current Status: After passing Senate as a substitute bill, it was transmitted back to the House.  The House voted to agree to the Senate substitute and amended the bill by adding the basic HB875 language to the bill effectively making HB60 the Safe Carry Protection Act.

Upcoming events related to HB60:

  •  Awaiting Governor Nathan Deal’s action

Summary of HB60:

Churches / Bars

  • Removes bars from the off limits list and treats them like every other piece of private property in GA in that the property owner has the right to eject a person from their property.
  • Allows church carry if the church agrees to allow guns in churches and establishes up to a $100 fine if caught carrying in a church that does not allow.

Government Buildings

  • Allows firearms in government buildings that are not restricted or screened by security personnel during the hours the building is open for business.

Public Housing

  • Require public housing to allow tenants to have firearms in their dwellings unless required by federal law or regulation.

Licensing:

  • Removes fingerprint requirement for license renewals
  • Provides for issuance of GWL to a person who is at least 18 years of age who has completed basic training in the armed forces and is either actively serving in the military or has been honorably discharged from the service.
  • Allows a person who has had his/her GWL revoked to be issued a GWL if the revocation was more than 3 years of the date of his or her application.
  • Restricts any person who has been adjudicated mentally incompetent to stand trial or who has been adjudicated not guilty by reason of insanity at the time of the crime
  • Allows GWL applicant the right to sue if they feel they are wrongfully denied a GWL and to recover their costs and reasonable attorney fees if they are the prevailing party.
  • Prohibits any person or entity from creating or maintaining a multijurisdictional data base of information regarding persons issued GWLs.

Airport Carry:

  • Codifies airport carry in non sterile areas.  If a person knowingly enters airport screening with a weapon will be guilty of a misdemeanor unless it is with intent to commit a separate felony offense.  A person with a GWL will not be arrested if no intent of an additional felony is involved

GWL When Carrying

  • Requires carrying of GWL when carrying a weapon or for exempt persons, proof they are exempt.
  • A person carrying a weapon shall not be subject to detention for the sole purpose of investigating whether such person has a weapons carry license.
  • If a person is caught carrying a weapon without a GWL the fine in court will be $10 if GWL is produced and was valid at the time of the arrest.
  • Defense of self or others, shall be an absolute defense to any violation of off limits places.

State Preemption:

  • Preemption law more clearly defined in our favor.  Includes firearms and other weapons.  Clarifies that no agency, board, department, commission, or authority of this state other than the General Assembly, by rule or regulation shall regulate firearms or other weapons in any manner.  Municipalities may still regulate whether or not you may discharge a weapon within their boundaries.
  • Gives the right of any person who has been aggrieved as a result of a violation of 16-11-173 may bring action to enforce this statute shall be entitled to equitable relief.

Mental Health:

  • Requires GA Courts to notify FBI if a person has had involuntary commitment to mental institution, been adjudicated mentally incompetent to stand trial or has been found not guilty by reason of insanity.

Declared Emergency:

  • Strikes firearms and ammunition and components from the Governor’s Emergency Powers Act.
  • No one, while acting during or pursuant to a declared state of emergency, shall:
  • Temporarily or permanently seize, any firearm or ammunition which was not prohibited by law at the time immediately prior to the declaration of a state of emergency
  • Prohibit possession of any firearm or ammunition or any component thereof or
  • Prohibit any license holder from carrying any weapon if such carrying was not otherwise prohibited by law at the time immediately prior to the declaration of a state of emergency;
  • Require the registration of any firearm.

General:

  • Codify into law some common law prohibitions that prohibit a person from being arrested if they go to a prohibited location to save someone’s life.
  • Clarifies that private property owners my eject a person from their property but may not criminalize carrying.
  • Makes hunting with suppressors legal in GA.

GeorgiaCarry.Org Opinion on HB60:

  • GCO Strongly Supported this legislation and urged the House to agree to the Senate changes

 

HB 89   Georgia Firearms Freedom Act;

  • Introduced by Tommy Benton, 31st
  • Sponsored by (1) Benton, Tommy 31st, (2) Dutton, Delvis 157th, (3) Allison, Stephen 8th, (4) McCall, Tom 33rd, (5) Cooke, Kevin 18th, (6) Roberts, Jay 155th
  • Current Location: House Hopper on 01/17/13
  • Current Status: 01/17/13 – House Hopper

Upcoming events related to HB89:

  •  No Current Action Scheduled

Summary of HB89:

Declares that guns made in GA and remain in GA are unregulated by the Federal Government

GeorgiaCarry.Org Opinion on HB89:

  • GCO Supports

 

HB 90  State employees; enforce any federal law or regulation relating to a personal firearm; provisions

  • Introduced by Stephen Allison, 8th
  • Sponsored by (1) Allison, Stephen 8th, (2) Cooke, Kevin 18th, (3) Brockway, Buzz 102nd,  (4) Duncan, Jeff 26th, (5) Dutton, Delvis 157th, (6) Weldon, Tom 3rd
  • Current Location: House Hopper on 01/17/13
  • Current Status: 01/17/13 – House Hopper

Upcoming events related to HB90:

  •  No Current Action Scheduled

Summary of HB90:

  • States that no officer or employee of the state or any political subdivision of the state,
  • no persons performing governmental functions,
  • no firearms dealer shall enforce or attempt to enforce any federal law or regulation relating to a personal firearm,
  • a firearm accessory,
  • or ammunition that is owned or manufactured commercially or privately in this state and that remains exclusively within the borders of this state;
  • to provide that no federal law or regulation shall be enforceable within this state that attempts to ban or restrict ownership of a semiautomatic firearm or any magazine of such firearm
  • or that requires the registration of any firearm, magazine, or other firearm accessory;

GeorgiaCarry.Org Opinion on HB90:

  • GCO Opposes on grounds that it is largely unconstitutional

 

HB 100  Emergency management; certain limitations regarding the possession and carrying of firearms during a declared state of emergency; prohibit

  • Introduced by Delvis Dutton, 157th
  • Sponsored by (1) Dutton, Delvis 157th, (2) Cooke, Kevin 18th, (3) Allison, Stephen 8th, (4) Setzler, Ed 35th, (5) Powell, Alan 32nd, (6) Brockway, Buzz 102nd
  • Current Location: House Hopper on 01/17/13
  • Current Status: 01/17/13 – House Hopper

Upcoming events related to HB100:

  •  No Current Action Scheduled

Summary of HB100:

Removes the government’s emergency powers to restrict sale of firearms or ammunition in a declared emergency.

GeorgiaCarry.Org Opinion on HB100:

  • GCO Supports bill but wants to see amendment for the conditions to apply all of the time and not just emergencies.

 

HB875  - Safe Carry Protection Act

  • Introduced by Rick Jasperse, 11th
  • Sponsored by (2) Meadows, John 5th,  (3) Alan Powell 32nd, (4) Mandi Ballinger 23rd, (5) Hightower, Dustin 68th, (6) Roberts, Jay 155th
  • Senators Jesse Stone and Hunter Hill introduced and passed a weakened substitute bill in the Senate Judiciary Non-Civil Committee with gutted this bill.
  • Current Location: Senate Rules Committee 03/12/14
  • Current Status: 03/12/14 – Waiting on Hearing

Upcoming events related to HB875

  •  Awaiting Senate Rules Hearing Schedule

Summary of HB875:

  • The substitute bill introduced by Senators Jesse Stone and Hunter Hill gutted this bill.

GeorgiaCarry.Org Opinion on HB875:

  • GCO Strongly Opposes this legislation with the current substitute language

 

SB 33     Public Order and Safety; prohibit possession of assault weapon; provide penalties

  • Introduced by Donzella James, 35th
  • Sponsored by (1) James, Donzella 35th,
  • Current Location: Assigned to Senate Judiciary Non-Civil Committee on 01/15/13
  • Current Status: 01/14/13 – Senate Read

Upcoming events related to SB33:

  •  No Current Action Scheduled

Summary of SB33:

  • Prohibit ownership of so called Assault Weapons,
  • Prohibit ownership of oversize magazines,
  • Prohibit the selling of such weapons;

GeorgiaCarry.Org Opinion on SB33:

  • GCO Strongly Opposes this legislation

 

SB 34 Public Order and Safety; unlawful for mentally incompetent person to possess a handgun; penalties

  • Introduced by Donzella James, 35th
  • Sponsored by (1) James, Donzella 35th,
  • Current Location: Assigned to Senate Judiciary Non-Civil Committee on 01/15/13
  • Current Status: 01/14/13 – Senate Read

Upcoming events related to SB34:

  •  No Current Action Scheduled

Summary of SB34:

         Bill would prohibit the ownership of a firearm to the following persons:

  • Person who has been addicted to alcohol or legal or illegal drugs
  • Person convicted of an alcohol or drug related offense including driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs or any person who has ever voluntarily or involuntarily entered an addiction recovery program

GeorgiaCarry.Org Opinion on SB34:

  • GCO Strongly Opposes this legislation

 

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