Current Bills – General Assembly Session 2015-2016

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 2015 and 40 legislative days in 2016.  All bills introduced this session will remain valid until sine-die in 2016, 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.

Last Update – February 8, 2016

HB 186  Crimes and offenses; carrying weapons within certain school safety zones and at school functions; change provisions

  • Introduced by Ed Setzler, R-35
  • Sponsored by (1) Ed Setzler, R-35, (2) Micah Gravely, R-67, (3) Emory Dunahoo, R-30
  • Current Location:  House Public Safety and Homeland Security Subcommittee A – 02/19/2015
  • Current Status: Awaiting Hearing in Subcommittee yet to be scheduled

Upcoming events related to HB 186

  •  No Current Action Scheduled

Summary of HB 186

  • Provides for elimination of zero tolerance policies that require child to be charged with felony for having a pocket knife and other defined weapons in a school zones.
  • Changes definition of weapons that might require a felony charge of a student.

GeorgiaCarry.Org Opinion on HB 186

  • GCO Supports current substitute that is awaiting hearing – LC 41 0430S

 

HB 331  Firearms; require completion of a training requirement within 120 days of issuance of weapons carry license; provisions

Upcoming events related to HB 331

Summary of  HB 331

  • Would require a training course to be given by local sheriff’s office once every 60 days.
  • The course would be free to the gun owners and prior to applying for a GWL or enact a $25 civil fine.
  • The training course is unspecified in this bill and would be left up to the Department of Public Safety to come up with such training.  Certain requirements are outlined in the bill but no specifics given.

GeorgiaCarry.Org Opinion on HB 331

  • GCO Strongly Opposes HB 331
  • GCO has long been a supporter of training and continues to be today.  We believe everyone should have training but the training should not be specified by the government.  Everyone’s training needs are not the same and this bill would add additional time requirements to the bill. There should never be government mandated training required for an absolute right.

 

HB 543  Georgia Constitutional Carry Act of 2015; enact

Upcoming events related to HB 543

Summary of HB 543

This bill will:

  • Do away with license requirement for carrying a handgun in GA
  • Makes GWL optional for GA residents in order to obtain reciprocity for states that require such
  • Criminalize carrying of a long gun for everyone under 21 years if age
  • Adds a burden of proving oneself to be a “law-abiding citizen”
  • Does not expand places for anyone to carry firearms

GeorgiaCarry.Org Opinion on HB 543

  • GCO Opposes HB 543 as introduced. 

 

HB 544  Georgia Campus Carry Act of 2015; enact

Upcoming events related to HB 544

  •  Awaiting Hearing in House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee

Summary of HB 544

  • Redefines government buildings to exclude buildings on any campus or campus property.
  • Allows carry anywhere on campus.

GeorgiaCarry.Org Opinion on HB 544

  • GCO Strongly Supports HB 544

 

HB 688  Law enforcement officers and agencies; define certain terms; provisions

Introduced by Micah Gravley, R-67

Upcoming events related to HB 688

Summary of HB 688

Adds new Code section – 35-1-20 relating to general provisions relative to law enforcement officers and agencies.

  • States that no state or local official or law enforcement officer shall take any action to enforce a federal law, regulation, or order relating to the purchase, possession, or use of a firearm.
  • States that no arrest, collection of information, or other action in violation of this Code section shall be valid.
  • States that any citizen who is age 18 or older shall have legal standing to bring an action in the superior court to enforce the provisions of this Code section, including, without limitation, injunctive relief, in the jurisdiction within which he or she resides. Any such person, if successful, shall be entitled to a reasonable attorney’s fee.

GeorgiaCarry.Org Opinion on HB 688

  • GCO Strongly Supports HB 688

 

HB 709  Firearms; completion of safety training course by certain persons for issuance of weapons carry license; require

Introduced by Keisha Waites, D-60

  • Sponsored by (1) Keisha Waites, D-60,
  • Current Location:  House Prefiled – 11/18/2015
  • Current Status: Awaiting First Readers

Upcoming events related to HB 709

  •   No Current Action Scheduled

Summary of HB 709

Requires training before Probate Judge can issue a GWL

  •  Must have completed firearms safety training within three years prior to the date of the application for a weapons carry license

GeorgiaCarry.Org Opinion on HB 709

  • GCO Strongly Opposes HB 709
  • GCO has long been a supporter of training and continues to be today.  We believe everyone should have training but the training should not be specified by the government.  Everyone’s training needs are not the same and this bill would add additional time requirements to the bill. There should never be government mandated training required for an absolute right.

 

HB 731  Crimes and offenses; certain assault weapons; prohibit possession and sale

Upcoming events related to HB 731

Summary of HB 731

  • Prohibit the ownership or sale of most semi-automatic rifle and many pistols
  • Prohibit armor piercing bullets
  • Any center fire rifle with detachable magazine
  • Any center fire rifle with fixed magazine that holds more than 10 rounds
  • A semi-automatic pistol with a detachable magazine that holds more than 10 rounds
  • Many other unconstitutional provisions.

GeorgiaCarry.Org Opinion on HB 731

  • GCO Strongly Opposes this legislation

 

HB 778  Weapons; training for certain persons licensed to carry a pistol or revolver; provide

Upcoming events related to HB 778

Summary of HB 778

Requires training before Probate Judge can issue a GWL

  •  Must have completed firearms safety training within three years prior to the date of the application for a weapons carry license

GeorgiaCarry.Org Opinion on HB 778

  • GCO Strongly Opposes this legislation
  • GCO has long been a supporter of training and continues to be today.  We believe everyone should have training but the training should not be specified by the government.  Everyone’s training needs are not the same and this bill would add additional time requirements to the bill. There should never be government mandated training required for an absolute right.

 

HB792 Firearms; carrying, possession, and use of electroshock weapons by persons who are students or who are employed at a public institution; authorize

Upcoming events related to HB 792

  •  Awaiting Hearing in House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee

Summary of HB 792

Would allow students and persons employed on any basis at any public technical school, vocational school, college, university, or other institution of postsecondary education an electroshock device

  • To carry and use in defense of self or others
  • The term ‘electroshock weapon’ means any commercially available device that is powered by electrical charging units and designed exclusively to be capable of incapacitating a person by electrical charge, including, but not limited to, a stun gun or taser as defined in subsection (a) of Code Section 16-11-106

GeorgiaCarry.Org Opinion on HB 792

  • GCO Supports this legislation

 

HB841 Firearms; carrying, possession, and use of electroshock weapons by persons who are students or who are employed at a public institution; authorize

Upcoming events related to HB 841

Summary of HB 841

Would require:

  • The Probate Judge to provide each GWL applicant with printed information which shall direct the applicant to a website (not yet developed) to be maintained by the Commissioner of Public Safety for the purpose of providing information to firearm safety.
  • Creation of a website to be maintained by the Commissioner Safety for the purpose of providing information to firearm safety.
  • Define any person who sells a firearm at a gun show as a Gun Show Vendor.
  • All licensed dealers and gun show vendors to provide the purchaser with printed information which shall direct the applicant to a website to be maintained by the Commissioner of Public Safety for the purpose of providing information to firearm safety.
  • The Commissioner of Public Safety to create and maintain a website providing the above information.

GeorgiaCarry.Org Opinion on HB 841

  • GCO Strongly Opposes this legislation

 

HB843 “Gun Safety Act”; enact

Upcoming events related to HB 843

  • Awaiting House First Readers – 01/26/16

Summary of HB 843

Would require:

  • All private sales at a gun show to have a NCIS background check.
  • Gun Show would be defined as any event with 25 or more firearms for sale, transfer or exchange.
  • Gun Show Vendor would be defined as anyone who sells a firearm at a gun show.

GeorgiaCarry.Org Opinion on HB 843

  • GCO Strongly Opposes this legislation

 

HB859 Firearms; weapons carry license holders; carrying and possession of certain weapons in certain buildings or real property owned or leased to public institutions of postsecondary education; authorize

Upcoming events related to HB 859

Summary of HB 859

Would allow Campus Carry:

  • Except in buildings or property used for athletic sporting events & student housing including, but not limited to, fraternity & sorority houses
  • Only allows licensed carriers to carry on campus

GeorgiaCarry.Org Opinion on HB 859

  • GCO Strongly Supports this legislation

 

SB 48    Carrying and Possession of Firearms; prohibit restoration of gun rights to persons who have been convicted of forcible felony

  • Introduced by Vincent Fort, D-39
  • Sponsored by (1) Vincent Fort, D-39, (2) Harold Jones ll, D-22 (3) Michael “Doc” Rhett, D-33, (4) Elena Parent, D-42,  (5) Nan Orrock, D-36, (6) David Lucas, D-26
  • Current Location: Assigned to Senate Judiciary Non-Civil Committee on 01/26/15
  • Current Status: Awaiting Hearing in Senate Judiciary Non-Civil Committee

Upcoming events related to SB 48

  •  No Current Action Scheduled

Summary of SB 48

  • Prohibit the restoration of gun rights to anyone convicted of a forcible felony from ever having their right to own and possess a firearm, even if the person is able to receive a pardon for his/her crimes.

GeorgiaCarry.Org Opinion on SB 48

  • GCO Strongly Opposes this legislation

 

SB 49  Crimes and Offenses; repeal the statute relating to no duty to retreat prior to the use of force

  • Introduced by Vincent Fort, D-39
  • Sponsored by (1) Vincent Fort, D-39, (2) Emanuel Jones, D-10, (3) Steve Henson, D-41, (4) Gail Davenport, D-44,  (5) Horacena Tate, D-38, (6) Valencia Seay, D-34
  • Current Location: Assigned to Senate Judiciary Committee on 01/26/15
  • Current Status: Awaiting Hearing in Senate Judiciary Committee

Upcoming events related to SB 49

  •  No Current Action Scheduled

Summary of SB 49

  • Repeal the provision in GA law that allows a law abiding citizen the right to stand their ground when attacked by a predator.
  • This bill would allow prayer in public as that would be your only defense other than those with prior track experience.

GeorgiaCarry.Org Opinion on SB 49

No duty to retreat has always been the law in GA.  There has never been a duty to retreat since the formation of GA and the USA.

  • GCO Strongly Opposes SB 49

 

SB 67   Firearms; prohibit all carry of weapons in government buildings

  • Introduced by Emanuel Jones, D-10
  • Sponsored by (1) Emanuel Jones, D-10, (2) Nan Orrock, D-36, (3) David Lucas, D-26, (4) Gail Davenport, D-44, (5) Freddie Powell Sims, D12, (6) Harold Jones ll, D-22
  • Current Location: Assigned to Senate Public Safety Committee on 02/02/15
  • Current Status: Awaiting Hearing in Senate Public Safety Committee

Upcoming events related to SB 67

  •  No Current Action Scheduled

Summary of SB 67

  • This bill would strike the provisions of HB60 that allows law-abiding citizens with valid GWL to defend themselves in public buildings that do not have screening by the government.

GeorgiaCarry.Org Opinion on SB 67

  • GCO Strongly Opposes SB 67

 

SB 68   Firearms; provide for training requirement for the issuance of a weapons carry license

  • Introduced by Emanuel Jones, D-10
  • Sponsored by (1) Emanuel Jones, D-10, (2) Nan Orrock, D-36, (3) David Lucas, D-26, (4) Valencia Seay, D-34, (5) Gloria Butler D-55, (6) Gail Davenport, D-44
  • Current Location: Assigned to Senate Public Safety Committee on 02/02/15
  • Current Status: Awaiting Hearing in Senate Public Safety Committee

Upcoming events related to SB 68

  •  No Current Action Scheduled

Summary of SB 68

  • Bill would require all persons obtaining or renewing a GWL to undergo a minimum of 8 hours of non specified training.
  • Failure to obtain such training would make law-abiding citizens ineligible for issuance of license or renewal of same

GeorgiaCarry.Org Opinion on SB 68

  • GCO Strongly Opposes SB 68
  • GCO has long been a supporter of training and continues to be today.  We believe everyone should have training but the training should not be specified by the government.  Everyone’s training needs are not the same and this bill would add additional time requirements to the bill. There should never be government mandated training required for an absolute right.

 

SB 73  Firearms; allow person to be detained by law enforcement; purpose of investigating whether such a person has a weapons carry license

  • Introduced by Steve Henson, D-41
  • Sponsored by (1) Steve Henson, D-41, (2) David Lucas, D-26, (3) Nan Orrock, D-36, (4) Gloria Butler D-55, (5) Horacena Tate D-38, (6) Gail Davenport, D-44
  • Current Location: Assigned to Senate Public Safety Committee on 02/02/15
  • Current Status: Awaiting Hearing in Senate Public Safety Committee

Upcoming events related to SB 73

  •  No Current Action Scheduled

Summary of SB 73

  • This bill would strike the provisions of HB60 that allows law-abiding citizens with valid GWL to avoid harassment from law enforcement personnel simply because the officer has seen a firearm being carried by same.

GeorgiaCarry.Org Opinion on SB 73

  • GCO Strongly Opposes SB 73
  • This has been the subject of several SCOTUS decisions finding such a search and detainment without RAS or probable cause to be unconstitutional.

 

SB 161  Education; automatic expulsion for possession of firearms and dangerous weapons at school; revise a provision

  • Introduced by Emanuel Jones, D-10
  • Sponsored by (1) Emanuel Jones, D-10, (2) Ed Harbison, D-15, (3) Valencia Seay, D-34, (4) Gail Davenport, D-44
  • Current Location: Senate Recommitted – 01/11/16
  • Current Status: Senate Education and Youth Committee – 01/11/16

Upcoming events related to SB 161

  •  No Current Action Scheduled

Summary of SB 161

  • This bill would require the expulsion of a student who is found to have possessed a firearm at school for a period of not less than one year.

GeorgiaCarry.Org Opinion on SB 161

  • GCO Strongly Opposes SB 161
  • GCO does not support automatic expulsion for any act but supports the action of the courts in their determination of a just punishment.

 

SB 250 Firearms; prohibit the purchase; by any person currently party to a proceeding instituted under Chapter 5 of Title 19 (divorce proceedings) (PF)

 Introduced by Michael “Doc” Rhett, D-33
  • Sponsored by (1) Michael “Doc” Rhett, D-33
  • Current Location: Senate Prefiled – 12/11/15
  • Current Status: Awaiting Senate First Readers

Upcoming events related to SB 250

  •  No Current Action Scheduled

Summary of SB 250

  • This bill would prohibit a party to a divorce proceeding from exercising their Second Amendment right to purchase a firearm without the presiding judge’s permission.

GeorgiaCarry.Org Opinion on SB 250

  • GCO Strongly Opposes SB 250
  • GCO does not support the denial of any citizen’s rights without due process.  This bill supposes that the only person who could harm either party would have to be the other party.  This bill would prohibit either party that is not armed when the divorce papers are filed from purchasing a firearm for their self-defense.

 

SB 257 Firearms; prohibit the purchase; by any person currently party to a proceeding instituted under Chapter 5 of Title 19 (divorce proceedings) (PF)

 Introduced by Michael “Doc” Rhett, D-33
  • Sponsored by (1) Michael “Doc” Rhett, D-33
  • Current Location: Senate Prefiled – 01/07/16
  • Current Status: Awaiting Senate First Readers

Upcoming events related to SB 250

  •  No Current Action Scheduled

Summary of SB 257

  • This bill would prohibit a party to a divorce proceeding from exercising their Second Amendment right to purchase a firearm without the presiding judge’s permission.

GeorgiaCarry.Org Opinion on SB 257

  • GCO Strongly Opposes SB 257
  • GCO does not support the denial of any citizen’s rights without due process.  This bill supposes that the only person who could harm either party would have to be the other party.  This bill would prohibit either party that is not armed when the divorce papers are filed from purchasing a firearm for their self-defense.

 

SB 260 Firearms; prohibit the purchase; by any person currently party to a proceeding instituted under Chapter 5 of Title 19 (divorce proceedings) (PF)

 Introduced by Michael “Doc” Rhett, D-33
  • Sponsored by (1) Michael “Doc” Rhett, D-33
  • Current Location: Senate Judiciary Non-Civil Committee – 01/12/16
  • Current Status: Awaiting hearing in Senate Judiciary Non-Civil Committee

Upcoming events related to SB 260

Summary of SB 260

  • This bill would prohibit a party to a divorce proceeding from exercising their Second Amendment right to purchase a firearm who has had a petition seeking relief from family violence or a protective order granted
    against him or her without the presiding judge’s permission.
  • This bill ignores the fact that it is already against the law to purchase a firearm if you have a restraining order against you.  From the ATF Form 4473, Question 11 h.  “Are you subject to a court order restraining you from harassing, stalking, or threatening your child or an intimate partner or child of such partner?”

GeorgiaCarry.Org Opinion on SB 260

  • GCO Opposes SB 260

 

SB 267  Firearms; provide for reduced weapons carry license; persons 65 years of age or older

 Introduced by Michael Williams, R-27

Upcoming events related to SB 267

Summary of SB 267

  • This bill would provide for a person 65 or older to obtain a firearms license for $15 instead of the $35 normal GWL fee.

GeorgiaCarry.Org Opinion on SB 267

  • GCO is Neutral on SB 267
  • GCO believes that licenses should be offered equally to all qualified persons at the lowest possible cost,  particularly when it comes to the exercise of a fundamental right like the right to carry a firearm.

 

SB 270 Firearms; authorize qualified retired law enforcement officers to carry handgun anywhere within this state

Introduced by P.K. Martin IV, R-9

  • Sponsored by (1) P.K. Martin IV, R-9, (2) Judson Hill, R-32, (3) Tyler Harper, R-7, (4) Renee Unterman, R-45, (5) Jeff Mulllis, R-53, (6) Fran Millar, R-40
  • Current Location: Assigned to Senate Public Safety Committee – 02/01/16
  • Current Status: Awaiting Senate Public Safety Committee Hearing – 02/01/16

Upcoming events related to SB 270

Summary of SB 270

  • This bill would add more retired law enforcement officers from any state to the 16-11-130 Code Section.

GeorgiaCarry.Org Opinion on SB 270

  • GCO Opposes SB 270
  • GCO does not believe special groups deserve special treatment in order to exercise a constitutional right.

 

SB 303 Brady Law Regulations; require a gun lock be furnished to buyer in all retail firearm sales made by firearm dealers

Introduced by Elena Parent, D-42

Upcoming events related to SB 303

Summary of SB 303

  • This bill would criminalize the act of a retail firearms dealer for not furnishing a gun lock to every purchaser of a firearm from his business

GeorgiaCarry.Org Opinion on SB 303

  • GCO Strongly Oposes SB 303
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