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 – February 20, 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

Upcoming events related to HB 10

  • Heard in House Public Safety & Homeland Security Committee on 02/17/17 with no vote taken

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;
  • 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”.

 

HB 156 Conservation and natural resources; law regarding use or possession of handgun in a park, historic site, or recreational area; revise provisions

Introduced by Matt Gurtler, R-8

Upcoming events related to HB 156

  • Heard in House Public Safety & Homeland Security 2A Subcommittee with no action taken

Summary of HB 156

This bill shall be known as the “Georgia Constitutional Carry Act of 2017″ and will:

  • Removes restrictions on carrying firearms in any park, historic site, or recreational area;
  • Removes the necessity to have a GWL to carry a firearm for all lawful weapons carriers;
  • Provides definition for “lawful weapons carrier”;
  • Repeals Code Section 16-11-126;
  • Makes the GWL optional for reciprocity purposes;
  • Basically replaces any requirement for a GWL in the Code Section with “lawful weapons carrier”.

GeorgiaCarry.Org’s Opinion of HB 156

  • GeorgiaCarry.Org Opposes HB 156 as it eliminates reciprocity.

 

HB 232 Weapons; certain persons making application for a carry or renewal license; provide for training requirement

Introduced by Pedro Marin, D-96

Upcoming events related to HB 232

  • Hearing in House Public Safety & Homeland Security 2A Subcommittee today (02/20/17)

Summary of HB 232

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;
  • 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.
  • Applicable to GWL renewals

GeorgiaCarry.Org’s Opinion of HB 232

  • GeorgiaCarry.Org Strongly Opposed HB 232
  • 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”.

 

HB 280 Firearms; 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 Mandi Ballinger, R-23

Upcoming events related to HB 280

  • Hearing today (02/20/17) in full House Public Safety & Homeland Security Committee

Summary of HB 280

This bill will allow campus carry on publicly owned technical school, vocational school, college or university or other public institution of post secondary education with the following exceptions:

  • Not apply to buildings or property used for athletic sporting events or student housing, including, but not limited to, fraternity and sorority houses;
  • Not apply to preschool space if at each entrance to the preschool space it is advertised that such preschool space is designated for operations licensed or regulated under Article 1 of Chapter 1A of Title 20; provided, however, that this division shall not apply if such public institution of postsecondary education has more than one building on the campus housing preschool space;
  • Only apply to the carrying of handguns which a licensee is licensed to carry pursuant to subsection (h) of Code Section 16-11-126 and pursuant to Code Section 16-11-129; and
  • Only apply to the carrying of handguns which are concealed.

GeorgiaCarry.Org’s Opinion of HB 280

  • GeorgiaCarry.Org Strongly Supports HB 280

 

HB 286 Firearms; persons eligible for weapons carry license to lawfully carry weapon without license; allow

Introduced by Heath Clark, R-147

Upcoming events related to HB 286

  • Heard 02/17/17 in House Public Safety & Homeland Security 2A Subcommittee with no vote taken

Summary of HB 286

This bill  will:

  • Removes restrictions on carrying firearms in any park, historic site, or recreational area;
  • Removes the necessity to have a GWL to carry a firearm for all lawful weapons carriers;
  • Provides definition for “lawful weapons carrier”;
  • Changes Code Section 16-11-126;
  • Makes the GWL optional for reciprocity purposes;
  • Basically replaces any requirement for a GWL in the Code Section with “eligible for a weapons carry license”.

GeorgiaCarry.Org’s Opinion of HB 286

  • GeorgiaCarry.Org Supports HB 286

 

HB 292 Firearms; laws relating to the carrying of weapons and safety; revise and clarify

Introduced by Rick Jasperse, R-11

Upcoming events related to HB 292

  • Hearing today (02/20/17) in full House Public Safety & Homeland Security Committee

Summary of HB 292

This bill is basically the same as HB1060 that was passed last year and vetoed by Governor Deal with the exception of the fact that no church carry is addressed.  This the omnibus bill that will restore rights and correct language from previous sessions:

  • Will allow for a person moving into GA who has a valid firearms license or permit to carry on that permit for 90 days or upon person attaining a GWL;
  • Allow for certain law enforcement officers to carry when in performance of their official duties;
  • Provides for Probate Judge and the DNR to offer Gun Safety Information to applicants for GWL;
  • Gives law enforcement 10 days to report to the Probate Judge any findings that may bear upon the issuance of a GWL;
  • The judge of the probate court shall not suspend the processing of the application or extend, delay, or avoid any time requirements
  • Provides a path to repeal the GWL upon adjudication of a matter that would effect the maintenance of a GWL;
  • Provides for a name change due to marriage or divorce or an address change if the GWL’s expiration date is over 90 days out.  The fee for such replacement is determined by Code Section 15-9-60 (k)(13) and is currently $6.00
  • Makes changes to Code Section 16-11-130
  • Defines the term commercial service airport;
  • Defines the term major airline carrier;
  • Provides a path for a person who has been involuntarily hospitalized to apply for restoration of rights.
  • Provides that any 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’s Opinion of HB 292

  • GeorgiaCarry.Org Strongly Supports HB 292

 

HB 406 Weapons; reciprocity of recognizing and giving effect to licenses to carry from other states; revise requirements

Introduced by Alan Powell,, R32

Upcoming events related to HB 406

  • Hearing scheduled for HB 406 02/20/17

Summary of HB 406

This bill  will:

  • Correct problems we currently have with reciprocity with the state of Virginia due to the interpretation of our current reciprocity statute and will prevent future problems with several of the states with which we currently have reciprocity.

GeorgiaCarry.Org’s Opinion of HB 406

  • GeorgiaCarry.Org Strongly Supports HB 406

 

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

 

SB 49 Carrying and Possession of Firearms; definition of a term; change provisions

Introduced by Bill Heath, R-31

  • Sponsored by (1) Bill Heath, R-31, (2) William Ligon, Jr., R-3, (3) Tyler Harper, R-7, (4) Marty Harbin, R-16, (5) Bruce Thompson, R-14, (6) Frank Ginn, R-47
  • Current Location: Senate Public Safety Committee
  • Current Status: Awaiting Hearing in Senate Judiciary Committee

Upcoming events related to SB 49

  • No upcoming events scheduled for SB 49

Summary of SB 49

This bill would change the definition of a knife to “a pointed or sharp edged instrument consisting of a blade that is greater than 12 inches in length which is fastened to a handle.”

GeorgiaCarry.Org’s Opinion of SB 49

  • GeorgiaCarry.Org supports this legislation

 

SB 80 Public Order and Safety, Offenses Against; citizens of this state; at least ten years of aggregate service as a law enforcement officer; authorize to carry handgun

Introduced by P K Martin IV, R-9

  • Sponsored by (1) P K Martin IV, R-9 (2) John Albers, R-56, (3) Ellis Black, R-8, (4) Larry Walker III, R-20, (5) Greg Kirk, R-13, (6) Chuck Hufstetler, R-53
  • Current Location: Senate Judiciary Committee
  • Current Status: Awaiting Hearing in Senate Judiciary Committee

Upcoming events related to SB 80

  • No upcoming events scheduled for SB 80

Summary of SB 80

This bill would add retired law enforcement officers to to be added to Code Section 16-11-130 and carry a firearm anywhere in this state.

GeorgiaCarry.Org’s Opinion of SB 80

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

 

SB 84 Carrying and Possession of Firearms; definition of a term; change provisions

Introduced by Lester Jackson, D-2

  • Sponsored by (1) Lester Jackson, D-2, (2) Ed Harbison, D-15,  (3) Gail Davenport, D-44
  • Current Location: Senate Public Safety Committee
  • Current Status: Awaiting Hearing in Senate Judiciary Committee

Upcoming events related to SB 84

  • No upcoming events scheduled for SB 84

Summary of SB 84

This bill would repeal the portion of HB 60 that requires law enforcement agencies to sell confiscated firearms when they cannot determine the actual owner of the firearm.

GeorgiaCarry.Org’s Opinion of SB 84

  • GeorgiaCarry.Org Strongly Opposes this legislation

 

SB 91 Transfers or Purchases of Firearms Subject to NICS; require judicial review; Georgia Information Sharing and Analysis Center

Introduced by Steve Henson, D-41

  • Sponsored by (1) Steve Henson, D-41 (2) Lester Jackson, D-2, (3) Michael Rhett ‘Doc’ D-33, (4) Emanuel Jones, D-10, (5) Valencia Seay, D-34, (6) Donzella James, D-35
  • Current Location: Senate Public Safety Committee
  • Current Status: Awaiting Hearing in Senate Judiciary Committee

Upcoming events related to SB 91

  • No upcoming events scheduled for SB 91

Summary of SB 91

This bill is a state “no buy” list.  If you are on a judicial watch list for any reason, you will not be able to purchase a firearm until you go through a legal process to prove yourself innocent.  This is part of the gun prohibitionist dream laws they want to see passed to strip you of your rights without due process

GeorgiaCarry.Org’s Opinion of SB 91

  • GeorgiaCarry.Org Strongly Opposes SB 91

 

SB 92 Carrying and Possession of Firearms; investigating whether person has a weapons carry license; allow a person to be detained by law enforcement

Introduced by Steve Henson, D-41

  • Sponsored by (1) Steve Henson, D-41, (2) Vincent Fort, D-39, (3) Horencia Tate, D-38, (4) Valencia Seay, D-34, (5) Michael Rhett ‘Doc’ D-33, (6) Gloria Butler, D-55
  • Current Location: Senate Judiciary Committee
  • Current Status: Awaiting Hearing in Senate Judiciary Committee

Upcoming events related to SB 92

  • No upcoming events scheduled for SB 92

Summary of SB 92

This bill would repeal the portion of HB 60 that prohibits law enforcement officers from detaining a person with a firearm solely for the purpose of determining if that person has a valid GWL.

GeorgiaCarry.Org’s Opinion of SB 92

  • GeorgiaCarry.Org Strongly Opposes this legislation

 

SB 135 Carrying and Possession of Firearms; carrying of weapons in government buildings; prohibit

Introduced by Emanuel Jones, D-10

  • Sponsored by (1)Emanuel Jones, D-10 (2) Harold Jones II, D-22, (3) Horencia Tate, D-38, (4) Michael Rhett ‘Doc’ D-334, (5) Steve Henson, D-41, (6) Valencia Seay, D-34
  • Current Location: Senate Public Safety Committee
  • Current Status: Awaiting Hearing in Senate Judiciary Committee

Upcoming events related to SB 135

  • No upcoming events scheduled for SB 135

Summary of SB 135

This bill would repeal the portion of HB 60 that allows persons with a valid GWL to carry in government buildings.

GeorgiaCarry.Org’s Opinion of SB 135

  • GeorgiaCarry.Org Strongly Opposes this legislation

 

SB 163 Carrying and Possession of Firearms; reporting of weapons carry license and renewal license information to the Georgia Crime Information Center; require

Introduced by Donzella James, D-35

  • Sponsored by (1)Donzella James, D-35 (2) Nan Orrick, D36, (3) Michael Rhett ‘Doc’ D-334, (4) Vincent Fort, D39 (5) Gail Davenport, D-44, (6) Steve Henson, D-41,
  • Current Location: Senate Public Safety Committee
  • Current Status: Awaiting Hearing in Senate Judiciary Committee

Upcoming events related to SB 163

  • No upcoming events scheduled for SB 163

Summary of SB 163

This bill would repeal the current prohibition against a database of GWL holders.

GeorgiaCarry.Org’s Opinion of SB 163

  • GeorgiaCarry.Org Strongly Opposes this legislation

 

SB 177 “Georgia Constitutional Carry Act of 2017″

Introduced by Josh McKoon, R-29

  • Sponsored by (1) Josh McKoon, R-29
  • Current Location: Senate Judiciary Committee
  • Current Status: Awaiting Hearing in Senate Judiciary Committee

Upcoming events related to SB 177

  • No upcoming events scheduled for SB 177

Summary of SB 177

This bill would make the requirement to obtain a GWL in order to carry an option for reciprocity purposes.

GeorgiaCarry.Org’s Opinion of SB 177

  • GeorgiaCarry.Org Strongly Opposes this legislation
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