Current Bills – General Assembly Session 2017-2018

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 2017 and 40 legislative days in 2018.  All bills introduced this session will remain valid until sine-die in 2018, 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.  The bills listed below are bills that are firearms or weapons related.

Last Update – January 19, 2017

HOUSE BILLS

HB 10 Dangerous instrumentalities and practices; certain assault weapons; prohibit possession; provide for crimes; provide penalties

Introduced by Mary Margaret Oliver, D-82

  • Sponsored by (1) Mary Margaret Oliver, D-82
  • Current Location: House Prefiles
  • Current Status: Awaiting First Reading

Upcoming events related to HB 10

  • No upcoming events scheduled for HB 10

Summary of HB 10

This bill would prohibit:

  • The possession, sale, transport, distribution, or use of certain assault weapons, large capacity magazines, armor-piercing bullets, and incendiary .50 caliber bullets;
  • Criminalize the possession, sale, transport, distribution, or use of certain assault weapons, large capacity magazines, armor-piercing bullets, and incendiary .50 caliber bullets;
  • Provide enhanced criminal penalties for the possession and use of machine guns;
  • To provide for definitions of most readily available firearms;

You have to read this bill to comprehend the pure temerity of this bill. This bill is similar to last year’s HB859 and we expect it to die in committee, if it gets a hearing.

GeorgiaCarry.Org’s Opinion of HB 10

  • GeorgiaCarry.Org Strongly Opposes HB 10

 

HB 11 Firearms; completion of safety training by certain persons for carry license; require

Introduced by Kiesha Waites, D-60

  • Sponsored by (1) Kiesha Waites, D-60
  • Current Location: House Prefiles
  • Current Status: Awaiting First Reading

Upcoming events related to HB 11

  • No upcoming events scheduled for HB 11

Summary of HB 11

This bill would require proof of training course within the last three years when applying for a Georgia Weapons License unless he or she can submit proof that he or she

  •  Is a peace officer, as such term is defined in Code Section 35-8-2;
  •  Is serving on active duty with the United States armed forces;
  • Provide enhanced criminal penalties for the possession and use of machine guns;
  • Is serving in an active reserve component of the United States armed forces or in the Georgia National Guard
  • Is a firearms safety instructor certified by the National Rifle Association holding a rating as a personal protection instructor or pistol marksmanship instructor; or
  • Has received basic firearms training provided by a law enforcement officer, a nationally recognized organization that promotes firearm safety, or a licensed firearms dealer.
  • Training shall include instruction on the features of a handgun and a brief explanation of loading, firing, and unloading of the weapon;
  • Live firing shall not be required.
  • Proof of such training shall be a notarized affidavit signed by the person providing the training with his or her address, position, and identifying number, such as a badge number or firearms dealer license number, or a certificate of training issued by a nationally recognized organization that promotes firearm safety.
  • Not applicable to GWL renewals

GeorgiaCarry.Org’s Opinion of HB 11

  • GeorgiaCarry.Org Strongly Opposes HB 11
  • GeorgiaCarry.Org supports and recommends all voluntary training to make one feel comfortable while carrying a firearm but opposes all state mandatory training.
  • It should be noted that all of Bloomberg’s Gun Prohibitionist Organizations could be referred to as “a nationally recognized organization that promotes firearm safety”.

 

SENATE BILLS

SB 9 Weapons Carry License; issued without payment of certain fees; former law enforcement officers (PF)

Introduced by Michael “Doc” Rhett, D-33

  • Sponsored by (1) Michael “Doc” Rhett, D-33
  • Current Location: Senate Prefiles
  • Current Status: Awaiting First Reading

Upcoming events related to SB 9

  • No upcoming events scheduled for SB 9

Summary of SB 9

This bill would change the requirements for a retired law enforcement officer to obtain a Georgia Weapons License free of charge.

GeorgiaCarry.Org’s Opinion of SB 9

  • GeorgiaCarry.Org Opposes giving special benefits to special groups to exercise a constitutional right
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