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 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.

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
  • The bill as introduced criminalized the carrying of a firearm in a vehicle by a teacher or other school employee when dropping off or picking up a student at school or a school function, even when the person so doing had a valid GWL.  The author of the bill has worked diligently with GCO and has removed those restrictions.

 

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

  • Introduced by Dexter Sharper, D-177
  • Sponsored by (1) Dexter Sharper, D-177  (2) Nikki Randall, D-142, (3) E. Culver “Rusty” Kidd, I-145, (4) Kiesha Waites, D-60
  • Current Location:  House Second Readers – 2/17/15
  • Current Status:  House Second Readers – 2/17/15

Upcoming events related to HB 331

  •  No Current Action Scheduled

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
  • 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.  The training costs would obviously have to be absorbed by the County Sheriff’s office which would put further strain on many already limited budgets.

 

HB 492  Crimes and offenses; carrying in unauthorized locations; revise provisions

  • Introduced by Rick Jasperse ,R-11
  • Sponsored by (1) Rick Jasperse R-11, (2) Alan Powell, R-32, (3) John Meadows, R-5, (4) Dustin Hightower, R-68, (5) Mandi Ballinger, R-23, (6) Jay Roberts, R-155,
  • Current Location:  House Hopper – 02/25/2015
  • Current Status: Assigned to House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee

Upcoming events related to HB 492

  •  Hearing scheduled for March 3, 2015 @ 4:00 PM Room 406 CLOB

Summary of HB 492

This bill will correct some of the provisions of HB60 to include:

  • Clarifies that carrying in a government building is off limits as a nonlicense holder.
  • Clarifies that carrying within 150′ of a polling place is off limits only during an election and when being used as a polling place.
  • Clarifies that a renewal for a GWL is a renewal no matter what county issued the license.
  • Adds definition of Armed Forces as used in Code Section 16-11-129
  • Clarifies the type of proof required by a current or discharged member of the armed forces under 21 who applies for a GWL.
  • Adds a provision for the courts to notify the Probate Court of a license holder who is convicted of a crime which would make the license holder ineligible for a license in order for the license to be revoked.
  • Allows for the Probate Judge to verify the validity of a license via subpoena or court order.
  • Changes the definition of weapon in 16-11-129 from that of 16-11-127.1

GeorgiaCarry.Org Opinion on HB 492

  • GCO Supports Strongly Supports

 

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 he 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

  • GCO Strongly Opposes this legislation
  • 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.
  • This bill would apparently allow prayer and begging in public as that would be your only defense against attack.

 

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 this legislation

 

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 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.

 

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 this legislation
  • 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: Assigned to Senate Education and Youth Committee on 02/24/15
  • Current Status: Awaiting Hearing in Senate Education and Youth Committee

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