Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The New York Times leads the charge and the rest of MSM follows.

Georgia is taking a real bashing from the New York press, and the news networks.  We sent this law to the Governor and he has indicated he will sign it.  This at a time when "stand your ground" laws are under a lot of pressure from minority and left wing groups across the country.  I saw a news broadcast yesterday in which the recent Florida shootings were characterized as "attacks on children." Interesting perspective there, calling a car load of young men old enough to be in the Army children.

Anyway, I have serious doubts that anyone in Georgia gives a Tinker's Damn what the people in New York City think.  They were able to force their social structure on us during reconstruction but that lasted until the last of the occupation forces pulled out and it doesn't have much impact now.

Georgia: Historic Victory for the Second Amendment

Posted on March 21, 2014
Shortly before midnight last night, within the last hour before adjournment of the 2014 legislative session, House Bill 60 was agreed to in the state House of Representatives by a 112-58 vote and sent to Governor Nathan Deal (R) for his expected signature into law.
As previously reported, HB 60, as amended, had multiple transformations throughout this year’s session, and at one point was in real trouble of being watered down beyond repair.  Thankfully, your activism through repeated phone calls, e-mails and visits to the Capitol carried the day.  Your gun rights were not only preserved this year, but were restored and advanced further than they ever have in the history of the Peach State.  This truly is an historic day for Georgia gun owners, shooters and sportsmen.
Upon the Governor’s signature, HB 60 will enact the following pro-gun reforms for all law-abiding gun owners in Georgia:
  • Remove fingerprinting for renewal of Weapons Carry Licenses (WCL).
  • Prohibit the state from creating and maintaining a database of WCL holders.
  • Create an absolute defense for the legal use of deadly force in the face of a violent attack.
  • Lower the age to obtain a concealed WCL for self-defense from 21 to 18 for active duty military, with specific training.
  • Allows for the use of firearm sound suppressors while hunting.
  • Repeal the unnecessary and duplicative state-required license for a firearms dealer, instead requiring only a Federal Firearms License (FFL).
  • Prohibit a ban on firearms in public housing, ensuring that the right to self-defense should not be infringed based on where one calls home.
  • Codify the ability to legally carry, with a WCL, in sterile/non-secure areas of airports.
  • Require reporting those persons who have been involuntarily hospitalized or have been adjudicated mentally deficient to the NICS system while also providing the ability for relief through an application process to the court system allowing for restoration of gun rights.
  • State that under a declared state of emergency, all law-abiding gun owners will not have their Second Amendment rights restricted or infringed by executive authority through Emergency Powers protection.
  • Strengthen current firearms preemption statutes through further clarification of the regulatory authority of local governments, excluding firearm discharge ordinances.
  • Remove the sweeping restrictions on legally carrying a firearm with a WCL in bars, leaving this decision to private property owners.
  • Allowing for churches to opt-in for legal carry with only a civil penalty of a $100 if a person happens to carry into a prohibited church unknowingly.
This resounding victory must first and foremost be credited to our members, who tirelessly worked to ensure that passage of this bill was possible.  We also thank the following state lawmakers who went above and beyond this year and were critical in seeing this bill through to the end.  The NRA’s gratitude cannot be conveyed enough to the below state legislators for their unwavering support:
- House Speaker David Ralston (R-7)
- Representative Rick Jasperse (R-11), original bill sponsor
- Representative Alan Powell (R-32)
- Representative John Meadows (R-5)
- Representative Jay Roberts (R-155)
- Representative Mandi Ballinger (R-23)
- Representative Dusty Hightower (R-68)
- Representative Stephen Allison (R-8)
- President Pro Tem David Shafer (R-48)
- Senator Bill Heath (R-31), original bill sponsor
- Senator Tyler Harper (R-7)
- Senator Butch Miller (R-49)
- Senator Jeff Mullis (R-53)
- Senator Ross Tolleson (R-20)
- Senator Mike Dugan (R-30)
- Senator Jack Murphy (R-27)
- Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle
These elected men and women were critical to the passage of this important and significant pro-gun legislative package, not only with their votes but also with their outspoken support and actions throughout the entire 2014 session.  Your NRA would also like to thank the pro-gun group, Georgia Carry, for working alongside us to get this bill passed and sent to Governor Deal for his signature.
While we fully expect Governor Deal to sign HB 60 into law, please contact the Governor and politely ask that HB 60 receive his signature in the coming days.  Governor Deal can be reached at (404) 656-1776 and by e-mail here.
Please stay tuned to your e-mail inbox and for further updates.


  1. I just read a short article about this a little while ago on USATODAY. The writer was wringing their hands over the unbeatable NRA because of their use of "scare tatics."
    They also mentioned the loss of reasonable self defense laws, replaced by the cruel, minority based stand your ground laws.
    I'd like to pick a social scientist's brain (assuming I could find one that isn't a closeted Socialist claiming to be a moderate or lib voter) about the dichotomy of urban centers getting more liberal vs rural areas getting more conservative. Also how the NRA & congress (the conservatives) are painted as single organisms when they are the result of millions of people. Identity politics I reckon.

    1. I'm just adopting the attitude that the places like New York can stew in their own juices. As long as they can't force their life style on us down here, I don't really care if they want to be defenseless and rely on the government . Like the whiny yuppy in the show about a power failure that was on Nat Geo a while back "why doesn't someone help us!!!"

  2. Seems pretty good to me, especially the part about being able to restore your rights once you get on a mental health list (so many reasons to get on a list, and really never a way to get off).
    The Mormon churches (temples?) here have armed members providing security during service at all entrance points. I guess I didn't realize some places in the country you aren't allowed to carry in church... but that's why it's concealed I suppose.

    1. Max, I have been in LDS churches all over this country and I have yet to see any armed members at the door. They are officially not allowed in places of worship, unless you are law enforcement. --Troy

    2. I carry everywhere except the court house. Church isn't a problem for me because I don't go to one.

      Troy, I don't know about officially but I know some Mormons in ATL that carry. Mormons aren't popular down there, and I don't much blame them. Maybe it's a matter of individual strakes doing what they think they need to. I'm not Mormon so I don't really know.

  3. Excellent. I'm very proud of the State of my birth.

    1. Florida is doing pretty well, Texas is good. I think all the Southern states recognize our carry licenses and we recognize theirs, though I haven't checked in awhile. I probably should. I know I'm good in North Carolina, Florida, and Tennessee and that's where I usually travel.

  4. Now watch the population of Georgia increase dramatically... I am also willing to wager thaf other truly Southern States follow suite.

    1. I think you are right, Glock Mom. Lots of people leaving the Peoples Democratic Republic of Connecticut right now for free states. I saw one on Fox and he was well spoken. I would imagine the same holds true of the other Peoples Republics.

  5. The Mo legislature passed one like that last year and the damned Femocrat governor vetoed it and it died going back through. I think this year the amended one will be forced down his throat.

    Good for you guys!!!

    1. Nathan Deal is a good guy. I used to go to his town hall meetings when he was our district representative. He is a small town guy and not beholding to the big agribusinesses that like to run Georgia if they have a Democratic Governor they can buy.

  6. Harry,


    Yeah' we got stand your ground laws here in Texas. Had' em for years now.

    By the way, heres one that will make your blood pressure go up.

    This is another reason why a great many carry guns in Texas as well as AR-15's. Carrying rifles will give you more firepower when dealing with really bad guys that carry real firepower.
    The Mexican gang members and cartel's have no ROE (rules of engagement) so why should we.

    Most of those damn yankee bastards in NYC ain't never been in fight. They ain't never had their lives threatened, been in the military or been around real human animals that prey on others.

  7. I saw some time back where Texas released a whole passel of felons because of jail overcrowding. California does the same. Not a cheery thought.

    I feel sorry for the good people who live in those states like New York, New Jersey, etc. They either have to go underground in terms of weapons ownership, or doff their caps and comply with the political masters. I understand that thousands in Connecticut are not registering their weapons, and I say good for them. That takes cojones, because you know the politicians are looking for a few people to make examples of, to frighten the rest.

    I think it's the liberal upper crust who are hell bent on taking away the rights of the hoi polloi. They just have the power up there, while down here the citizens still have some influence. Not that all of our politicians are paragons of virtue, but it's not like up North where you buy your office from the party machine.