from my Georgia Carry group:
GCO wishes to make known its top priority for the 2009-2010 legislative session. Rep. Tim Bearden (R-68, GCO's Representative of the Year 2008) introduced HB 615 today. HB 615 will receive its first reading in the House on Tuesday. HB 615 addresses the issues that are of crucial importance to the members of GCO, including repealing the public gathering law and making the license a true concealed weapons license, rather than a firearms license. This bill would also take care of campus carry.
In sum, here is what Rep. Bearden's bill would accomplish, broken down by section.
SECTION 1 - This section of the bill addresses the concealed carry law and permits the concealed carry of weapons, rather than just pistols, revolvers, and concealable firearms. This solves the ridiculous problem of GCO members being charged for concealing a pocketknife in a pocket while legally carrying a pistol (Yes, this has really happened). Section 1 also makes it legal for those eligible under federal law to possess a firearm to possess a firearm in a motor vehicle, which fixes an oversight in the concealed carry statute.
SECTION 2 - This section repeals the public gathering law and makes it clear that the only places off limits to you in Georgia will be the portion of a building housing courtrooms, jail, or a prison.
SECTION 3 - This section repeals the requirement of a license to carry a pistol openly, making Georgia like the majority of states, where a license is needed only to conceal the weapon, not merely to carry it.
SECTION 4 - This section changes the licensing law to provide for the option of a lifetime license or the regular 5 year license. It also changes the issuing authority to the Secretary of State. This section also removes the disqualifier for misdemeanor marijuana convictions and concealed weapons carry offenses.
SECTION 5 - This section makes it illegal to seize your weapon during a declared emergency.
SECTION 6 - This section removes the Governor's power to seize your weapon during a time of declared emergency.
SECTION 7 - This section makes sure that your private information will still be confidential once the licensing moves over to the Secretary of State.
SECTION 8 - This section makes the act effective the day it is signed, rather than July 1 of the year it is signed.
SECTION 9 - This section repeals all conflicting laws.
Here is the current list of 33 co-sponsors (there are 180 Representatives in the House):( Collapse )