The Georgia House approved a controversial bill aimed at easing gun restrictions in a wide range of places, including bars, churches, college campuses, and Hartsfield Airport.
On the House floor, Rep. Dustin Hightower, R-Carrollton, said the bill is about basic constitutional rights.
“We get asked over and over why do we constantly talk about gun rights and the Second Amendment and my answer is simple - because there are others who are constantly trying to take our rights away,” said Hightower.
A bill seeking to loosen gun carry rules in Georgia's bars, churches, and college campuses cleared a House committee Thursday.
After two days of packed hearings and emotional testimony, the Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee voted in favor of House Bill 875. It would expand gun carry areas to bars, churches, and some government buildings.
A controversial bill that would expand the list of areas where people with permits can carry guns has hit a major snag in the state General Assembly after the legislature’s lawyers said a key proposal could be unconstitutional.
The problem lies in the “opt in” measure, which would allow college presidents to decide whether permit holders could carry weapons on campus.
A Georgia group that advocates for the rights of gun owners wants to put a stop to a lawsuit challenging Georgia’s "Stand Your Ground" law. The lawsuit was just filed by the Georgia Push Coalition and two other plaintiffs.
GeorgiaCarry.Org filed a motion on Tuesday asking a federal judge to allow the organization to participate in the lawsuit. The gun rights group also filed another motion asking for the lawsuit to be dismissed Jerry Henry is executive director of GeorgiaCarry.Org.
Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is discouraging passengers from bringing guns in their carry-on luggage. The effort comes as the airport is on track to have the most guns confiscated at security checkpoints in the nation for the second year in a row.
Local gun control activists are calling on Georgia’s U.S. representatives to support a measure expanding background checks for gun buyers.
Under the bipartisan House bill, those purchasing firearms at gun shows, online or through newspaper ads would have to undergo background checks.
Supporters say the step is needed to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and those with serious mental illness. But those opposing it argue it violates second amendment and cite concerns over privacy rights.
The Atlanta Branch of the NAACP is hoping to partner with other local organizations to start a gun buyback program. The group says it’s starting the program because of federal inaction when it comes to gun control.
The program is called Project Rescue Atlanta and is aimed at preventing gun violence and other crime. Atlanta NAACP president Reverend R.L. White says the local effort is needed after legislation to expand background checks for gun purchases recently failed in the U.S. Senate.
Local gun control activists are more hopeful after sitting down with Senator Johnny Isakson Monday. Members of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America called on the Senator to support a future measure that the sponsor of a failed U.S. Senate amendment to expand background checks has vowed to bring up again. Melinda Ennis is co-president of Moms Demand Action’s Georgia Chapter.
“He didn’t say no. He didn’t say yes, but we are very appreciative that he met with us, and I hope he will say yes when the bill comes around again.”
Georgians for and against gun control are weighing in after learning a measure to expand background checks for gun purchases could be reconsidered in the U.S. Senate. The measure recently failed but co-sponsor Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) has vowed to bring it up again.
A local protest today in response to U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss voting with more than 40 other senators to defeat a Senate amendment to expand background checks for gun buyers.
Members of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and Organizing for Action expressed their dismay in front of the Senators’ offices. Melinda Ennis co-president of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America Georgia chapter.
An amendment that would have expanded background checks for gun buyers as part of a larger gun bill failed to get the 60 votes needed to pass the U.S. Senate yesterday. The vote pleases local gun rights activists and has left supporters of the amendment dismayed.
Morehouse College students who rallied in favor of the amendment with Mayors Against Illegal guns are upset Georgia U.S Senators Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson voted against the measure. Ronnie Mosely is a Morehouse senior.
The U.S. Senate is considering legislation to expand background checks for gun buyers. On Tuesday, Morehouse College students and members of Mayors Against Illegal Guns rallied to pressure Georgia’s U.S. Senators to pass the measure.
Morehouse senior Ronnie Moseley believes the measure’s passage would keep more illegal guns out of the hands of criminals and reduce gun violence on college campuses.
“And we want to do everything we can to influence that.”
Both of Georgia’s U.S. Senators, Republicans Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson, say they now support an up-or-down vote in the Senate on a gun control bill, the details of which are still being finalized.
Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Georgia) talks with Sandy Johnson, Development Director of Dress for Success, at an event supporting the state's Free File program for low-income taxpayers, April 8, 2013, at the Dunbar Community Center.
On Wednesday, April 10, Georgia Republican Senator Johnny Isakson will host a dinner for President Obama and 12 Republican Senators.
It's the second time that the President has broken bread with a group of GOP Senators; he had dinner with a different group a month ago.
The dinner will take place as Congress tries to reach agreement on a number of difficult issues: debt reduction, gun control, and immigration (to name just a few)--all the while keeping an eye on new and aggressive moves by North Korea.
Kennesaw made national headlines with its 1982 ordinance requiring heads of households in the city to own a gun, which had been passed originally as a pro-gun reaction to a ban on handguns that had been enacted earlier that year in Morton City, Illinois. Since that time, it has been repeatedly cited by gun rights proponents as an extremely effective deterrent to crime – and criticized by others as having no effect.
Today is the 40th and final day of legislative session - the last chance for state lawmakers to pass bills and resolutions this year. It promises to be a late night, given the flurry of bills still up in the air.
A group of faith leaders Monday expressed opposition to a measure to allow the administrative boards of places of worship to decide if licensed gun holders could carry guns on their property. The bill would also extend the right to parts of college campuses and some government buildings.
While speaking in front of the state Capitol, Rabbi Peter Berg with The Temple says he’s against the measure because synagogues and churches should remain places of refuge.
A sweeping change to Georgia's gun laws is now a step closer to passing the Legislature.
On Tuesday, March 19, a House committee approved a bill (SB 101) that had already passed the Senate. In the process, House members replaced much of the bill with provisions from an earlier bill of their own, which expands the list of places where people with concealed weapons permits could carry their guns.