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.  The bills listed below are the only gun bills that were passed in both chambers and sent to the governor for him to decide their fate.  All others have been removed from this page.

It is interesting to note that the governor only signed 2 weapons related bills.  One that allows “electroshock” instruments to be used on campuses and one that grants special privileges to special classes of people.

Last Update – May 6, 2016

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

  • Introduced by Buzz Brockway, R-102
  • Sponsored by (1) Buzz Brockway, R-102, (2) B. J. Pak, R-108, (3) Regina Quick, R-117, (4) Kevin Cooke, R-18, (5) Mandi Ballanger, R-23, (6) Stephen Allison, R-8
  • Current Location: Passed Senate Floor vote 43-12
  • Current Status: Passed to Governor

Final event related to HB 792

  • Signed into law on 05/03/16

Summary of HB 792

Would allow an electroshock device for persons over 18

  • 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 Supported 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

  • Introduced by Rick Jasperse, R-11
  • Sponsored by (1) Rick Jasperse, R-11, (2) Mandi Ballinger, R-23, (3) John Meadows, R-5, (4) Alan Powell, R-32, (5) Dusty Hightower, R-68, (6) Trey Kelley, R-16
  • Current Location: Governor’s Desk – 03/11/16
  • Current Status: Passed both chambers – Awaiting Governor’s action – 03/11/16

Final event related to HB 859

  • Vetoed on 05/03/16

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
  • Only allows concealed carry

GeorgiaCarry.Org Opinion on HB 859

  • GCO Strongly Supported this legislation

 

HB1060 Crimes and offenses; carrying and possession of firearms; confirm that the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed

  • Introduced by Rick Jasperse, R-11
  • Sponsored by (1) Rick Jasperse, R-11, (2) John Meadows, R-5, (3) Alan Powell, R-32, (4) Mandi Ballinger, R-23, (5) Dusty Hightower, R-68, (6) Heath Clark, R-147
  • Current Location: Passed Senate Floor Vote of 37-18
  • Current Status: Governor’s Desk

Final event related to HB1060

  • Vetoed on 05/03/16

Summary of HB1060

Would:

  • Georgia Firearms Industry Nondiscrimination Act – Prohibits banks and lending institutions from discriminating against persons engaged in the firearms industry when applying for loans.
  • Allow licensees of reciprocal states with GA a 90 day grace period to obtain GWL and continue to carry legally on their previous states’ license.
  • Allow the carrying of a knife (weapon) without a license when legally hunting or fishing
  • Provide for the right of retreat for a valid licensed holder if caught in a church that has not opted in.  A valid license holder, when asked to leave a church must do so or face criminal trespass.
  • Allow for some peace officers to carry their service weapons in a school safety zone when in the performance of their official duty.
  • Allow the Probate Judge to provide safety information, i.e., names of instructors, names of organizations that provide safety information.
  • Prohibit the probate judge from suspending the process of the application or extend, delay, or avoid any time requirements under this paragraph.
  • Provide a method for a person who has a name change within 90 days of the expiration date of their GWL will be able to obtain a replacement license for the fee provided for in Code Section 15-9-60 (k)(13).  The current fee is $6.00.
  • Add some retired peace officers who do not fall under current law to be included in 16-11-130.
  • Define Commercial service airport and major airline carrier.
  • Repeal current law that requires GCIC’s automatic erasure of a persons involuntary hospitalization but adds a legal process where the person in question can apply for reinstatement after 5 years.  If found to be competent, all rights will be restored.  If found incompetent, applicant would have to wait 2 years before applying again.
  • Protect any firearms instructor who lawfully instructs, educates, or trains a person in the safe, proper, or technical use of a firearm shall be immune from civil liability for any injuries caused by the failure of such person to use such firearm properly or lawfully.

GeorgiaCarry.Org Opinion on HB1060

  • GCO Strongly Supported this legislation

 

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
  • Passed Senate Floor Vote – 54 – 0
  • Current Location: Passed House Floor vote 114-50
  • Current Status: Awaiting Senate Floor vote for consideration of substitute

Upcoming events related to SB 270

  •  Folded into HB1060 which was vetoed on 05/03/16

Summary of SB 270

This bill would:

  • Make “swatting” a misdemeanor of a high and aggravated nature for first offense
  • Make “swatting” a felony punishable by not less than 1 or more than 10 years imprisonment, a fine of not less than $5,000 or both
  • Allow licensees of reciprocal states with GA a 90 day grace period to obtain GWL and continue to carry legally on their previous states’ license.
  • Provide for the right of retreat for a valid licensed holder if caught in a church that has not opted in.  A valid license holder, when asked to leave a church must do so or face criminal trespass.
  • Allow the Probate Judge to provide safety information, i.e., names of instructors, names of organizations that provide safety information.
  • Add more retired law enforcement officers from any state to the 16-11-130 Code Section.
  • Define Commercial service airport and major airline carrier.
  • Protect any firearms instructor who lawfully instructs, educates, or trains a person in the safe, proper, or technical use of a firearm shall be immune from civil liability for any injuries caused by the failure of such person to use such firearm properly or lawfully.

GeorgiaCarry.Org Opinion on SB 270

  • GCO Support SB 270 since other provisions have been added

 

SB 332 Public Order and Safety; clarify the judges and justices who are exempt; various weapon carry laws and prohibitions

Introduced by John Kennedy, R-18
  • Sponsored by (1) John Kennedy, R-18, (2) JaNice VanNess, R-43, (3) Mike Dugan, R-30, (4) Bill Cowsert, R-46, (5) Larry Walker III, R-20, (6) Michael Williams, R-27
  • Current Location: Passe Senate Floor vote 47-0
  • Current Status: Governor’s Desk

Upcoming events related to SB 332

  •  Signed into law 05/03/16

Summary of SB 332

  • This bill would clarify Judges and Justices of the federal and state judiciary who are exempt from various weapons carry laws and prohibitions

GeorgiaCarry.Org Opinion on SB 332

  • GCO Opposes SB 332
  • GCO does not believe special groups deserve special treatment in order to exercise a constitutional right.
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