We need all members and friends who are pro gun to contact members of the House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee NOW!
GeorgiaCarry.Org strongly opposes HB186!!! HB186 (here) – Crimes and offenses; carrying weapons within certain school safety zones and at school functions; change provisions
HB186 is sponsored by Representative Ed Seltzer, (R-35) and cosigned by Representative Micah Gravely, (R-67) and Representative Emory Dunahoo, (R30).
This bill does several things that contribute to gun control legislation and will strip your right to carry on campus.
As you are aware, HB826 last year decriminalized campus carry and was signed into law one day prior to HB60. The Governor and General Assembly believe that signing the bills in that order means that HB60 overrode the school carry provision allowed in HB826. That would be true if the bills were in conflict and the bills were irreconcilable. GCO not only believes these bills were not in conflict, but have been told so by judges that they are not in conflict.
We filed lawsuits in several counties that were dismissed because school boards have sovereign immunity and cannot be sued. The only judge to comment on the real issue of our case (Fulton County) agreed with us on the merits but dismissed the case on the sovereign immunity issue. Ruling is here – page 11 of 14, Balancing the Equities. We have been told that our lawsuit should be aimed at the General Assembly Code Revision Committee for not properly allowing the campus carry portion to be put in the Official Code of GA Annotated. We have filed suit against the Governor and the Code Revision Committee for that very reason.
And, HB186 would also criminalizes carrying in a private passenger motor vehicle carrying school children to or from school activities by a school employee. That not only means a teacher driving a student to an extra curricular (mock trial competition, band event, forensics or even athletics — though those usually involve buses), it means any school employee driving his or her child/children to school.
The committee members and office phone numbers.
Mack Jackson Member (404) 656-0314Rick Jasperse Member (404) 656-0188
Please contact the members listed above immediately!