The media are using terms like “radical” and “extreme” to criticize the gun rights legislation signed today by Governor Nathan Deal, which clarifies and expands Georgia law regarding the lawful carry of a concealed weapon. Georgia has issued weapon carry permits for many years but they came with a list of restricted areas and undue burdens such as the requirement of fingerprinting for every renewal period. The new law seeks to alleviate these burdens and clarify state preemption laws to prevent local municipalities from placing a patchwork of restrictions around the state which make it difficult for citizens to always be in compliance with the law.
Fox News provides a brief overview of the changes, though I’ll emphasize this is very brief:
The bill, described by the National Rifle Association’s lobbying arm as “the most comprehensive pro-gun reform legislation introduced in recent state history,” expands the scope of public places where licensed owners are allowed to carry firearms.
The bill makes several changes to state law. It allows those with a license to carry to bring a gun into a bar without restriction and into some government buildings that don’t have certain security measures. It also allows religious leaders to decide whether it’s OK for a person with a carry license to bring a gun into their place of worship.
Under the bill, school districts would now be able, if they wanted, to allow some employees to carry a firearm under certain conditions. The bill also eliminates the fingerprinting requirement for renewing weapons carry licenses.
For more information, see this document (PDF) from the Georgia Senate, which provides greater detail and accurate information about the law’s provisions.
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