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Georgia is Doing it Right — Safe Carry Protection Act of 2014

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When deciding which Governors are pro Second Amendment Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal gets a solid check mark beside his name. On Wednesday, Gov. Deal signed a wide-ranging gun bill into law that left critics howling in protest and the rest of us applauding.

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Georgia Governor Nathan Deal took a step to make Georgia residents safer by signing Georgia’s Doing it Right – Safe Carry Protection Act of 2014 into law.

Georgia’s House Bill 60, otherwise known as the Safe Carry Protection Act of 2014—dubbed the “guns everywhere bill” by opponents (I can live with that name too!)—specifies where Georgia residents can carry weapons. Included provisions allow concealed carry, by permit holders, to take guns into bars, churches, school zones, government buildings and certain parts of airports. The stipulation still allows the owners of private enterprises or the church congregation to post and prohibit concealed carry at their venue.

GeorgiaCarry, the main proponent that lobbied for the bill, stated the legislation is “meaningful pro-gun legislation,” despite not getting all of the its requested elements from the original draft. An opposition group, Americans for Responsible Solutions, opposed the bill, calling it “extremism in action.” Governor Deal caused more controversy at the bill’s signing when the ceremony opened with a prayer, the national anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance.

Deal had much to say about the new law that lawmakers in other states should note: Deal, calling it “a great day to reaffirm our liberties,” explained that the law will allow residents to protect their families by expanding the list of places where they can legally carry firearms, but protecting individual’s rights by allowing certain property owners—namely churches and bars—to make judgments on whether they want worshipers and patrons carrying guns.

“The Second Amendment should never be an afterthought. It should be at the forefront of our minds,” Deal said while touting his NRA endorsement for governor and “A” rating during his 17 years in Congress. The governor said the law “will protect the constitutional rights of Georgians who have gone through a background check to legally obtain a Georgia Weapons Carry License.

Americans for Responsible Solutions opposed GeorgiaCarry’s bill, but celebrated the fact that the portion, which would have allowed legal concealed carry on college campuses. Given the age of recent shooters involved in mass attacks and the average age of our brave service men and women, this would seem to be an overreaction, but let’s take every victory we can get and be happy.

A surprising development was Safe Carry Protection Act of 2014’s provision, which allows guns at one of the country’s busiest airports. While the bill says no one is allowed to carry a firearm past an airport’s security screening checkpoint, it allows guns in other areas, including “an airport drive, general parking area, walkway, or shops and areas of the terminal that are outside the screening checkpoint.”

What are your state’s carry laws? Does it need to a lesson from Gov. Deal? Give us your opinion in the comment section.

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Comments (31)

  1. Really? WA State and we are screwed blued and tattooed. I suppose my eastern friends imagine WA as still part of the wild west but we have been attacked by the progressive elites. Our2A gun Rights are infringed on, no question. The laws created burden the lawful person.

  2. I am moving Georia now if we can get the rest of the country we might have a chance to save the constitution bill of rights an the fed papers

  3. Georgia is a great example of how things need to be. If the rich the president and family have the right to protection so do I. Sorry my family and myself are just as important. I’m a taxpayer law biding and just because I have a passion for firearms and hunting and the God given right to carry. I own so called assault weapons. These are simply semi automatic weapons which the bad guys have access to thru the black market. Gun control will not stop evil only good However one must fight fire with fire. Government has reay overstepped there boundaries on this matter. Along with other clear attacks on our constitution. And all the antigun freaks that may wake up in the middle if the night when they here that window breaking wil be nothing more than sitting ducks at the mercy of most likely armed thugs. Your police department can’t guarantee they will be able to come to your rescue. With all the weapons I legally own I’ll never hold up a store walk into a school and hurt our children. So often a lot of good law biding citizens own a AK or AR that don’t make us crazy we simply love our rights and it’s a passion for most weapon owners. I do believe in education courses and so on. Butt from the time the Wild West was tamed to now it took good guys with guns history shows and proves less gun rights higher crime more gun rights less crime

    1. I feel the same way Sean Silvers does. Proof read before you post! Grammar and punctuation go a long way when the other side reads what we put out there. Kind of odd though, that Sean Silvers didn’t even capitalize his own name?

  4. @Haroldbr….NO, GA law does NOT prohibit consuming alcohol while carrying a firearm. Go find it….you won’t.

  5. Georgia does a lot of things “right” in spite of the connotation of being a Southern Redneck state. A lot of Northern states could learn from Georgia’s example

    1. The “Northern” state of Pennsylvania has allowed legal carry in these places since 1989. Welcome to freedom, Georgia.

  6. Makes me want to move to Georgia!! Here in Oregon we definitely have it better than some, but I would love it if we were more openly 2nd Amendment supportive like Georgia.

  7. go Georgia, look at rahm emmanuels chicago, villarigosas l.a.and bloombergs n.y.c.. who have extremely restrictive gun laws and some of the highest per capita violent crime rates. outlaws are always more active when they know the populace is unarmed.

  8. I have a position on when people post a sign prohibiting carry. Unless they have metal detectors, i carry anyway. I would rather risk a trespass than risk my life.

  9. I don’t see anything special here, all it does is force business’ and schools to clearly post “No Carry” signage. So one would only be able to carry their gun while shopping for about a week before Walmart gets the decal in the mail.

    1. Years ago Walmart security harassed me for carrying openly, which is legal here in VA, while I was Christmas shopping. When I advised them I was not breaking any laws and if Walmart doesn’t want people with guns in their store it is a state law that a sign be posted on the front door. They asked me to leave so I left my full shopping cart right there and I have not been into a Walmart in over 14 years.

    2. Fortunately Walmart is an advocate of the second amendment. They won’t bother ordering the decals.

    3. Our walmart here in Santa Fe NM posted signs before christmas; No firearms or weapons, blah blah; if caught 4th degree felony; there go your guns in this state . I read that as Armed criminals please shop here you will always be welcome. locoray

    4. That’s the whole reason behind a free market economy. Let them hang their signs. If enough people disagree with the position their taking, they will not do business there. It’s funny how we all recognize that if enough people band together, we can vote in or out a politician and HOPE they do what they campaigned on. When it comes to private business it’s pretty cut and dry. If they don’t get the support of the public, they go out of business. The free market is the great equalizer and the most efective form of a true democracy, not politicians and big government.

  10. “Americans for Responsible Solutions opposed GeorgiaCarry’s bill, but celebrated the fact that the portion, which would have allowed legal concealed carry on college campuses. Given the age of recent shooters involved in mass attacks and the average age of our brave service men and women, this would seem to be an overreaction, but let’s take every victory we can get and be happy”

    I don’t understand this paragraph. It is incomplete. Did they NOT allow carry on GA college campuses?

    1. Most likely an overlooked typo, but based on the inclusion of the phrase “which would have allowed legal concealed carry on college campuses” I’m thinking the rest should have been “was removed from the bill” or something similar. I think that would make the last part of the paragraph make the most sense.

  11. I suspect he will reverse his decision once he starts seeing people bringing firearms into the building he works in. When is it ever a good idea to allow guns into bars? Firearms and drunk people don’t mix.

    1. I’ve been going to bars for 25 years to eat, watch sports and hang out with friends and I DON’T drink.

    2. Here in VA you may NOT consume alcohol while Carrying Concealed in a bar or restaurant. The law was passed a few years ago and so far I have not heard of any problems.

    3. Georgia law prohibits carrying a firearm while consuming alcohol. However the previous law prevented me from going to a sports bar, which provides buffets and designated smoking areas, while carrying, even though I wasn’t drinking. The new law changes that if the bar owner wants to permit it.

    4. Since when has any law prevented anyone, hell bent on breaking it, from acting unlawfully? At least in Georgia now, there will be fewer “gun free zones” where no one is safe from the evil or the crazy person disposed to violence.

  12. BRAVO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    “The Second Amendment should never be an afterthought. It should be at the forefront of our minds,”

  13. I think that children will have less problems with shooters coming out of the woodwork like other states do. People just want to make a name for themselves when they should have schools or other places people cannot carry guns to protect themselves and others.

    1. Wondering if it is now permissable for licensed concealed carry persons from other states to carry concealed while traveling through Georgia?

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