The new Georgia gun bill will give licensed owners the rights to carry in more public places.
Governor Nathan Deal signed the “Safe Carry Protection Act” (House Bill 60) Wednesday, which adds more permissions to an already broad-minded state, reports NBCNews.com.
The bill will allow more guns in public places than any time in the previous century.
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Dubbed by some as the “Guns Everywhere Bill,” Georgia’s latest piece of firearm legislation will give licensed owners the ability to carry guns into churches, bars and government buildings without security checkpoints.
School districts will also be authorized to appoint staffers to carry guns, while permit-holders who bring firearms to airports by accident will be allowed to pick them up at a later date, without penalty.
A summary of HB 60 can be found here.
Churches will need to “opt-in” if they want to allow guns, and bars (which already allowed guns on their premises for permit-holders) will now need to “opt-out” if they want them banned from their specific establishment.
Opponents, including the Americans for Responsible Solutions, have called it the most extreme gun bill in America.
“When we limit a Georgian’s ability to carry a weapon — to defend themselves — we’re empowering the bad guys.”
Georgia state Rep. Rick Jasperse (R.-Jasper) introduced the bill and denied the “extreme” tag, saying “When we limit a Georgian’s ability to carry a weapon — to defend themselves — we’re empowering the bad guys.”
NBCNews.com shared figures from the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, stated that more than 1,500 gun-related bills were introduced around the country last year, but only 123 became law.
This year, 10 states have strengthened their gun laws, and Georgia will be the ninth state to loosen theirs.