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Looks like the Georgia House of Representatives is getting it! Let's just hope that the Georgia Senate won't choke on this one and has the balls to do what needs to be done all over the country.

Albert Einstein is quoted as saying: "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results!" It's time we got rid of these "gun free zones" that attract mad men hell bent on the destruction of innocent unarmed victims! The best way to stop a bad guy with a gun, is for good guys to have guns also!

Gun carry bill passes Georgia House
by Winston Jones/Times-Georgian
February 18, 2014 11:44 pm

http://www.times-georgian.com/news/arti ... b2370.html

Legislation passed Tuesday by the Georgia House would allow school districts to arm teachers, and gun owners, with carry permits, to take their weapons into churches, bars and government buildings.

House Bill 875, “Safe Carry Act,” authored by Rep. Rick Jasperse, R-Jasper, with Rep. Dustin Hightower, R-Carrollton, as a co-sponsor, passed by a 119-56 vote. The legislation now heads to the state Senate, which has been reluctant in the past to expand gun carry privileges.

“I’m very pleased with the passage of this bill,” Hightower told the Times-Georgian. “When I was first elected, I made a promise to the citizens of District 68 that I would fight to protect their Second Amendment right to bear arms. I am keeping that promise.

“I was one of the co-sponsors of this bill, and fought many battles to make sure this bill did not get watered down. Over the past year, many people dedicated hundreds of hours to researching issues and meeting with different groups all across the state of Georgia in an effort to perfect this gun legislation. Credit should also be given to GeorgiaCarry and the NRA (National Rifle Association). Both of these organizations were a tremendous help in getting us where we are today with this bill.

“This bill is truly one of the strongest Second Amendment bills to pass the House in many years. I’m very confident that this bill will pass the Senate.”

Last year, similar gun carry legislation passed the House, but ran into problems in the Senate after college officials protested a provision that would have allowed college students to carry guns on campus. This year’s bill eliminated the college carry provision.

The new legislation would overturn a blanket ban on carrying guns into houses of worship and make it easier to carry guns in bars. If the bill is enacted into law, leaders of religious congregations and private business owners, such as bar owners, would decide if they want to prohibit firearms on their property.

The law would also allow school administrators to decide if their teachers or other employees could carry weapons on the job. Supporters have argued that arming school officials would deter armed attacks, but opponents argued that more guns in schools would increase dangers.

Carrying guns into government buildings would be allowed if the building is not guarded by security.

Jerry Henry, executive director of GeorgiaCarry.org, a group that has been lobbying for the gun carry bill, said Tuesday his group is happy with the legislation that passed the House.

“We’re working hard to get the bill passed by the Senate and we feel the chances are good this year,” Henry said.

Henry said he dislikes one small provision of the House-passed bill which defines courthouses.

“When the legislation was first being drafted, it would have allowed you to carry into a building with a courthouse, except for the portion of the building that housed the courthouse,” Henry said. “The way it’s written now, if a building has a courthouse in it, you can’t carry anywhere in the building.”

James Camp of Temple, a co-founder of GeorgiaCarry.org, said he favors the bill though it doesn’t address one area of his concern.

“The law, as it stands now, is not clear on carrying a weapon through a school or university campus,” Camp said. “It says it’s permitted if someone is ‘in transit.’ However, it’s unclear if you’re in transit on foot through the campus.”

“Gun-free zones that are created by well-meaning laws are gun-free to the good guys only,” Jasperse told The Associated Press Tuesday. “This should not prevent law abiding Georgians from defending themselves.”

State Rep. Al Williams, D-Midway, criticized the bill as a Republican attempt to excite the party’s voting base ahead of this year’s elections. He said the state government should pay for more police officers if it seeks to have more secure schools.

“Call this bill what it is: This is a voter mobilization bill,” Williams said during the floor debate. “It ain’t got nothing to do with gun control. Y’all, you’re going to raise more money than we’re going to raise anyhow. Why do you want to pile on? C’mon.”

Republican Rep. Chuck Sims of Ambrose broke ranks with his GOP colleagues over the church and bar provisions of the bill.

“A gun doesn’t belong in a church,” Sims said. “And a gun doesn’t belong in a bar.”

Other provisions of the legislation would:

• remove finger printing requirements for weapons carry license renewals;

• prohibit the state from creating and maintaining a database of weapons carry license holders;

• repeal need for state-required licenses for firearms dealers, instead requiring only a federal firearms license;

• lower the age for a concealed carry permit from 21 to 18 years for active duty military, with specific training.

People with carry permits would face fewer penalties for breaking existing laws. For example, people licensed to carry weapons could no longer be arrested for taking them on college campuses and would instead face a minimum fine of $100. Those with a license would no longer face arrest for taking a firearm into an airport security checkpoint, so long as the person with the gun immediately followed instructions to leave.

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