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Georgia Proposes Sweeping 'Guns Everywhere' Law

March 25, 2014  | 

Pro- and anti-gun forces do not agree on much, but they do agree on the breathtaking sweep of the Georgia legislation allowing guns in bars, schools, restaurants, churches and airports that is now awaiting the signature of Gov. Nathan Deal, reports the New York Post.

Americans for Responsible Solutions, founded by Gabrielle Giffords, the former Arizona congresswoman who was critically wounded in a mass shooting in 2011, calls it "the most extreme gun bill in America" and the "guns everywhere" legislation. The National Rifle Association, which lobbied for the bill, calls it "the most comprehensive pro-gun" bill in recent state history, and described the vote at the Capitol on Thursday as "a historic victory for the Second Amendment."

More than a year after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut elicited a burst of gun-control legislation, the Georgia bill shows just how far the counterreaction has spread as lawmakers, mainly in Republican-controlled states in the South and West, pass laws allowing weapons in all corners of society while strengthening so-called Stand Your Ground laws.

The bill was opposed not only by gun-control groups, but also by the state’s police chiefs association and restaurant association, Episcopal and Catholic churches, and the federal Transportation Security Administration. A majority of Georgians also opposed it, according to several polls.

Tags: Second Amendment, NRA, Gun Rights Advocacy, Stand Your Ground Laws, Sandy Hook School Shooting, Gabrielle Giffords Shooting


Comments (23)

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Jack Betz @ 3/25/2014 4:49 PM

Sounds like an idea I can get behind. Guns are not now nor have they ever been the problem. It is what fools do with them that causes trouble. Maybe if their is a greater chance the of the bad guys getting shot, they might be more careful where they open fire.

Richard Ross @ 3/25/2014 6:57 PM

Hey Jack, uneducated people like you think guns belong everywhere, as a former LEO your wrong...uneducated untrained people with guns settle arguments with guns instead of their tiny brains

Rob K @ 3/25/2014 7:43 PM

Hey Dick,

Why is it that anti-gun people like yourself seem to want to name call and insult people who disagree with them? As a detective of a good size city I can tell you that what you describe is not occurring where I work. Do we have thugs with guns shooting people occasionally? Of Course, but in nearly every case it is someone who cannot even possess a gun legally to begin with. Criminals with guns is not what this law allows. It provides for law abiding citizens to maintain their RIGHTS without infringement of government. You may do well to educate yourself on your rights and your constitution which at one time you held an oath to uphold.

GP Cobb @ 3/25/2014 8:36 PM

I think you nailed him Rob......... grin

AJ @ 3/25/2014 9:45 PM

When the Gov. fears the people there is Liberty, when the people fear the Gov. there is Tyranny. Gabrielle Giffords & Co. don't mind being armed to the teeth. But regular Americans are looked at as Serfs and Slaves to the Ruling Elite class in the USA. Too bad LEO's can't pass out FREE GLOCKS to law abiding citizens, who pass background checks. After all it is tax money that pays for it. And once a firearm is "used" some stations should have raffles and stuff. Even it it's five bucks a ticket! Remember it's a RIGHT that's not to be Infringed! For all of US! LEOs and Civilians alike! Molon Labe as the saying goes! Come and Take it!

D. Edward @ 3/25/2014 10:06 PM

This should be a good law that is long over due. It is true that if guns were outlawed, generally speaking, only the good guys and bad guys would have guns. Any new legislation that restricts firearms possession only affects the law abiding individual who chooses to obey. Criminals don't pay any attention to laws, so they could care less as to any restrictions or new laws as it relates to firearms. Some people seem to think that all we need to do to make our society a safer place is to enact more laws restricting firearms in some way and like a magic wand, people are much safer. When Arizona enacted constitutional carry a few years back, many claimed that we would see a return to the wild wild west with shootouts left and right. Where are all these gunfights and shootings that were supposed to happen? In every state if we look at the empirical evidence during the last ten years, more guns have always equaled a lower crime rate. A gun free zone means that bad guys can rule.

Ima Leprechaun @ 3/26/2014 4:36 AM

I look forward to the thinning of the heard in Georgia. Some of the bloggers here need serious mental therapy and are obviously off their vital medication.

Ima Leprechaun @ 3/26/2014 4:41 AM

I have always thought extremely intoxicated people should be allowed to bring their guns to church or to a school and especially airports whenever they want to. I will be curious how many armed travelers will be allowed on aircraft with their legally owned concealed weapons. Since this Governor has made it legal for anyone to carry a firearm while intoxicated in an airport this too will be fun to watch.

Ima Leprechaun @ 3/26/2014 4:42 AM

Before you nuts say it, I am pro gun but I am anti ammunition.

Greg @ 3/26/2014 6:18 AM

“The bill was opposed: by gun-control groups, state’s police chiefs association and the federal Transportation Security Administration. A majority of Georgians also opposed it, according to several polls."

how about Sheriffs opinions? Gun control groups hate freedom and the peasants having guns. As Richard Ross said, “Uneducated/untrained people…tiny brains”…uppity peasants!

The TSA? What the heck does the TSA’s opinion matter?…cop wanna-be’s with a history of hiring thieves, perverts and child molestors.

Polls…run by whom and asking what?

Ima Leprechaun is a troll…drunk people bringing guns to church or school…the governor making it legal to carry a firearm will drunk? What an idiot...you can’t drink one beer while carrying. Don’t let facts get in the way of your bias.

Gabrielle Giffords…brain damaged, owns guns (not a peasant) and a pimp for gun control groups…very sad and shot be a Democrat who’d volunteered for her campaign.

TX Lawman @ 3/26/2014 7:09 AM

Rob K, D. Edward and Greg: Great job telling the facts to these uneducated non-police liberals such as Richard Ross and Ima Leprechaun. Texas has had the right to carry law for some time now. The only thing we have seen is trained armed citizens coming to the rescue of innocent victims and neutralizing the bad guy or in one case sacrificing their life for an innocent person from a crazed mad man. The citizen kept the bad guy at bay until the police could come in and take him out . Unfortunately the armed citizen also died. We now have a new law that says even if you aren't certified you can still carry in your car. It has cut down on the car jackings here. If R Ross were former LEO, and I doubt it, he must have been fired or been placed as a chief with no law enforcement experience background. Otherwise he would know that armed citizens reduce crime. Read all the stats, they speak for themselves. Be safe Blue!

James @ 3/26/2014 7:34 AM

The problem with some of the posts here is they live in a Hollywood Fantasy land. Some retire LEO like this idea, and coming from a city like Detroit this looks good. When one really takes a hard look at facts and not Hollywood lies, we see in cities like Detroit the crime rates have dropped exponentially due to open and concealed carry. Yes there s been a couple shootings but the thugs no longer like the idea of home invasions because they are getting shot dead more and more. Many have plain moved away to other states due to the lack of criminal opportunities. I get sick to my stomach when some liar who claims to be a former LEO and wants guns banned, or who was a real LEO and worked in some Pleasant Valley crime free place where the total lack of crime is not indicative of the reality we faced working in a city like Detroit. The New Police Chief of Detroit is pro gun and pro carry and he knows from years of experience that arming people stops crime as a whole.

James @ 3/26/2014 7:50 AM

Every argument about guns if it goes long enough winds up with the anti gun mentality talking about the wild west of the pre 1900's as an example. Well guess what it never happened, it is 100% Hollywood fantasy. As a retired Detective the need to investigate never left me. Years of research proves the fact that all the shootouts of movies never happened except for 1% and the reasons posed by Hollywood are also without merit. But we as a people tend to want to believe what we see on Television, not separating facts from fiction. As sad as it is, even text books now include the Hollywood depictions despite records of that time period saying otherwise. Our society as a whole is being taught history via theater, and not actual facts. Many of the publications of that day who claimed to be reporting news actually were nothing more than artistic license and devoid of facts. We are becoming an immature society. For me I will do as I please and I will take the risks defending my own.

Mike @ 3/26/2014 7:58 AM

TX Lawman, James, and others are right on target.
Wherever firearms laws are enacted that enable The Public to exercise their 2nd Amendment Rights, the incidence of personal attacks and armed robberies has fallen dramatically.
As Robert A. Heinlein wrote;
“An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life.”
Since I retired from Law Enforcement I still qualify and carry.
And I'm always polite.

Capt. Crunch @ 3/26/2014 11:45 AM

The FBI did a study on the wild west when everyone carried a firearm and the study revealed that there were less killings per capita during the wild west days then there are now. So I say God bless the 2nd Amendment.

Capt. Crunch @ 3/26/2014 11:45 AM

The FBI did a study on the wild west when everyone carried a firearm and the study revealed that there were less killings per capita during the wild west days then there are now. So I say God bless the 2nd Amendment.

Capt. Crunch @ 3/26/2014 11:45 AM

The FBI did a study on the wild west when everyone carried a firearm and the study revealed that there were less killings per capita during the wild west days then there are now. So I say God bless the 2nd Amendment.

CT LEO RET @ 3/26/2014 12:38 PM

Kudos to Georgia, the rest of the country has to do the same!!!!!!!!

TheRookie @ 3/26/2014 10:48 PM

Kansas has previously & this week again passed very strong pro-gun laws to ensure that the anti-gunners stay out & away from us. Retiring from Colorado L.E. I'm damn glad I moved here. When I was in the game you knew the bad guys had a firearm 50-50, but always assumed they did. Then you knew with some certainty that citizens would help at a moments notice. Now in the Metro-Areas you know most won't, & most all of the guns are in the thugs control with citizens now regulated to the enth degree. Good job Georgia lawmakers.

tiny43 @ 3/27/2014 11:28 AM

As an LEO of 23 years I have encountered numerous people carrying guns and of those only 1 made any attempt to employ it against me. I am not dismissing the danger, but as rookie said assume that every one is armed until proven otherwise which will keep you much safer than placing your faith in gun control laws which only prevent the good citizens from having them. Could there ever be a time when an armed otherwise good citizen becomes emotionally compromised and use a gun unlawfully. Well the answer is yes it is possible but the same could happen with an officer or a soldier or armed security guard or any other armed person. You have a better chance of getting a bone chip or a hair in a Macdonalds hamburger but are you gonna quit eating there just because ther is a tiny chance it could happen. Now I realize the gravity of the differences in the comparisons but the logic addressing the numbers remains the same . I support GA, KS and any other state that protects the 2nd amemdment.

John @ 3/27/2014 1:39 PM

Also, remember, there were no background checks or laws requiring individuals to ask permission before they bought or carried in the Old West.

Eric @ 3/27/2014 2:51 PM

Yes!

The way it should be.
Having a gun is not a crime, doing something bad with it is, now we just need every other state to pull it's head out it's ass...

Ima Leprechaun @ 5/11/2014 3:18 PM

John@ Also remember there was no electricity, running water or antibiotics in the old west. Also a great deal of people in the old west made their own ammunition. Unlike in Hollywood movies most old west pistols fired ball ammunition with a small reliability of function. Real commercial mass produced metal case ammunition did not arrive until around 1870. My biggest fear is some dunderhead firing a gun in a crowded Church without regard for where that shot is going and him killing an innocent victim when he misses his target. Lay people with a gun do not think about consequences of firing a gun like most professionally trained Law Enforcement Officers. Even professional Police make mistakes but we at least have rigorous firearms training and are taught shooting isn't always the best answer. I am sad that very few of you can actually read otherwise you would know the 2nd amendment has never pertained to an individuals right to do anything.

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