Georgia Governor Signs ‘Unprecedented’ Gun Rights Bill

Caterpillars, moths, butterflies, and all creatures great and small,

There’s some good articles on other blogs that I’ll reblog today.  Hope you enjoy.

The Fifth Column

Gov. Nathan Deal, seated, signs House Bill 60 into law Wednesday in Ellijay, Ga. The gun law is a broad loosening of Georgia’s gun restrictions. Under the law, people with a license can carry a gun into bars, some government buildings and places of worship if religious leaders say it’s OK. 

I can’t believe the Governor of Georgia signed this incredibly dangerous gun “rights” bill.   What about the rights of potential victims of this madness?

The Huffington Post

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) signed a sweeping gun rights bill on Wednesday.

House Bill 60, also known as the Safe Carry Protection Act, will allow licensed gun owners to carry their firearms into public places, including bars, nightclubs, schools, churches and government buildings.

“People who follow the rules can protect themselves and their families from people who don’t follow the rules,” Deal said, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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Posted on 04/24/2014, in Conceal Carry & SYG, Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 20 Comments.

  1. I see 9 smiling assholes in that picture…..any one see the same thing, or is it an optical illusion. What happens when one of their kids get Zimmerized one dark rainy night.

    I guess we’ll see them defend that shit since it is……………..well, the law now.

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    • Racer!! Good to see you.

      It makes me sick. Yesterday, I caught a segment on MSNBC about it and the person was highly upset that the new law allows guns in churches. It should be common sense not to allow guns in bars. Confrontations in those places are provoked by alcohol. And here I was thinking that Georgia was the “new south.”

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      • Common sense is sorely lacking down there. Yep, lets tie one on, grab the ol’ 6 shooter and sashay on out and see what targets pop up……

        “hell, hey……..Billy Bob, ain’t that yer neighbor over there…….the one with the hot blonde wife ya been wanta to pork……….here…………I’ll make er a widow……”

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  2. Guns in bars and nightclubs – that’s a great mix.

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    • Rachael, it’s the type of mix that keeps people from “mixing.” In other words, it’s a way of forcing segregation through fear of being killed and having the killer claim self-defense because he/she had one less beer and looked less menacing than the victim.

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  3. I literally got nauseous watching this pos laughing & carrying on during his statements yesterday. He’s sick and it’s gross to see just how giddy & entitled he sounded. Everyone standing around him looked like a creepy ass kkk idiot too. I could see how much pleasure signing that gave him. How does an elected official just do WTF he wants with our laws while we pay them!?!
    I also imagined him counting the money in his head from the NRA while he’s standing there bragging about his A plus grade from a freaking murder&misery organization! Sick! He needs karma to come busting thru his door in an armored tank!

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  4. Not a legacy I’d be proud of leaving if I were in Public office

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  5. Sick!

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    • Gun law packs dangers, police chief says
      By Warren Summers

      http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/24/opinion/summers-georgia-gun-law/

      [Editor’s note: Warren Summers, the chief of police in Norcross, Georgia, has been a police officer since 1976. He has also worked as an assistant district attorney. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.]

      (CNN) — On Wednesday, Gov. Nathan Deal signed Georgia’s Safe Carry Protection Act into law. Many gun proponents love House Bill 60, but it will create unintended problems for law enforcement, local governments and the citizens they serve. Although changes in the state’s gun laws were meant to strike a balance between the rights of gun owners and the government’s interest in protecting its citizens, unintended consequences may follow that don’t make anybody safe.

      Picture this: It’s a pleasant summer day. The kids are out of school, and you’ve decided to take them to the local park. You’re sitting on a park bench in the shade, watching them play, when you suddenly notice a man dressed in a heavy winter coat approaching the playground.

      As he scurries past you, you notice a handgun strapped around his waistband. Alarmed? You should be. Who is this man, and why is he armed at your children’s playground? Concerned enough to call the local police?

      Not a bad idea, but here is the problem. Starting July 1, law enforcement in Georgia will not be able do much for you. As a matter of fact, they could get sued if they detain the man you called about and ask him whether he has a valid weapons carry license. That’s because, under Georgia’s revised Safe Carry Protection Act, it is prohibited for police to detain someone for the purpose of checking for a license. So much for safe.

      But wait, it gets better. Worried about convicted felons toting guns? Rest assured, convicted felons are still prohibited from possessing firearms in Georgia — except in the act of self-defense.

      But, you might ask, don’t you have to possess a firearm first in order to be able to use it in self-defense? Correct. So, what kind of sense does that make? It doesn’t. It encourages gun ownership and use by convicted felons. Think about it. All they have to do now is claim “self-defense.” Feeling safer already?

      Finally, Georgia’s revised Safe Carry Protection Act may also cost you more money. Before this law, cities could simply prohibit firearms or any other weapons in government buildings by posting a sign; now, they can do so only by screening entrances into the government building with security personnel. And guess who ends up paying for that? That’s right, the taxpayer. And if the police officer is sued for asking to see a gun carry permit, who will pay for his or her defense? It will be up to the municipality, using taxpayer funds.

      But not only does it cost us more, it also has a chilling effect on open government. Many citizens might feel discouraged from visiting their local government offices, knowing that they are now subject to being screened.

      While these revisions certainly favor the rights of gun owners, they create dilemmas for local law enforcement and government. As a police chief, my main concern is the safety our residents. As police, we have taken an oath to protect and serve, and this new law doesn’t help us.

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      • Conceal carry is going to effect our economy in the worst way, because only those will guns will leave their homes.

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        • Yep, unless those without guns wear bullet-proof vests when shopping, attending church, going to bars, etc,

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  6. ” Dem Fury in Washington Over Georgia Gun Law: ‘A Step in the Wrong Direction!!!!!!’ ”

    http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2014/04/24/dem-fury-in-washington-over-georgia-gun-law-a-step-in-the-wrong-direction/

    A member of the House Democrats’ Gun Violence Prevention Task Force said Georgia’s new gun rights law would result in violence spiraling out of control.

    Gov. Nathan Deal signed House Bill 60, or the Safe Carry Protection Act of 2014, which passed 112-58 in the state House and 37-18 in the state Senate. It expands areas where people are allowed to concealed carry, including schools, churches, some parts of airports, and government buildings.

    Supporters include state Sen. Jason Carter, Jimmy Carter’s grandson who is also challenging Deal for the governor’s post, but Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) said the state bill sent the wrong message to the national gun-control effort.

    “Over one million people have been killed with guns in the United States since 1968. U.S. homicide rates are 6.9 times higher than rates in 22 other populous high-income countries combined, despite similar non-lethal crime and violence rates. Most gun owners are responsible and law-abiding, and they use their guns safely. We must begin discussing common-sense steps we can take right now to combat gun violence,” Jackson Lee said in a statement. “Signing House Bill 60 is not that right step to take when trying to confront gun violence in America.”

    “…The legislation signed today by the Governor of Georgia legalizes the use of silencers for hunting, clears the way for school staffers to carry guns in school zones and lets leaders of religious congregations choose whether to allow licensed gun holders inside. And it allows permitted gun owners to carry their weapons in government buildings – including parts of courthouses – where there is no security at the entrance. This is a step in the wrong direction!!!!!!”

    The bill also allows 18-year-old soldiers to not have to wait until they turn 21 to get a concealed carry permit. “If they’re old enough to hold a gun in defense of our liberties, then they’re old enough to hold a gun, and they shouldn’t have to wait until they’re 21,” Deal said.

    Jackson Lee, a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee, called for “a comprehensive approach: a surge in mental health services, mental health ‘first aid’ programs to identify and intervene in problems before it is too late, and a background check system that will stop the most dangerous among us from buying guns, by getting records in the system and closing the Internet and gun-show loopholes.”

    “We must take on this challenge with the recognition that changing the pervasive culture of violence will not happen overnight,” she added. “While we can act now and pass legislation to ameliorate some of causes of the youth violence epidemic, this problem is larger than our laws. That is why we must make an enduring commitment to our youth. Signing House Bill 60 does not make that commitment to our children. We must work tirelessly to create an environment in this country that lifts the psychological burden of violence off the shoulders of our kids.”

    Deal, who called the signing “a great day to reaffirm our liberties,” said the law does protect future generations.

    “Roughly 500,000 Georgia citizens have a permit of this kind, which is approximately 5 percent of our population. License holders have passed background checks and are in good standing with the law,” the governor said. “This law gives added protections to those who have played by the rules — and who can protect themselves and others from those who don’t play by the rules.”

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  7. In Piercy’s head, anyone who believes in racial equality is a “bigot.”

    https://twitter.com/RustyTrombone75/status/459580288570376192

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    • He’s still a dipshit, has always been a dipshit and the future doesn’t look promising. Why is it that everyone else is delusional to him. His tweets sure are laughable.

      My bad……that’s what racists do.

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      • Maybe there is a priest around who can perform an exorcism on him.

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        • “…….perform an exorcism on him.” Or an execution…..just sayin’

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          • Oh my, NO.

            I am sure you were trying to say ELOCUTION:

            el·o·cu·tion (ĕl′ə-kyo̅o̅′shən)
            n.
            1. The art of public speaking in which gesture, vocal production, and delivery are emphasized.
            2. A style or manner of speaking, especially in public.

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