Deal Signs Bill Underscoring Second Amendment Rights

| April 24, 2014

gun-bullet-shotELLIJAY, GA – Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law House Bill 60, legislation that protects law-abiding, licensed Georgia citizens’ Second Amendment rights.

“For decades now I have staunchly defended our Second Amendment rights as both a legislator and as governor,” said Deal. “This legislation will protect the constitutional rights of Georgians who have gone through a background check to legally obtain a Georgia Weapons Carry License. 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. 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.

“Our nation’s founders put the right to bear arms on par with freedom of speech and freedom of religion. Georgians cherish their Second Amendment rights, and this law embodies those values.”

Deal also signed the following bills:

  • SB 299, legislation that requires local governments to submit a watershed protection plan to the Department of Natural Resources. The watershed protection standards and procedures for buffer areas along streams and reservoirs included in the plan must comply with the minimum protections, including state-imposed buffer areas, as they relate to land-disturbing activities.
  • SB 392, legislation that allows former military motor vehicles to be registered and titled. This bill also revises the time period to which any Class D license holder may drive a Class C motor vehicle.
  • HB 741, legislation that allows more public input into sludge land applications. The bill will require a sludge land applicant to provide written verification to Georgia EPD to ensure that the proposed site complies with all local zoning or land use ordinances. Additionally, this bill will require Georgia EPD to hold public hearings for permits within the jurisdiction of the governing authority where the proposed site is located, giving citizens the opportunity to stay informed regarding actions that are affecting their community.
  • HB 777, legislation that enacts the Interstate Boating Violator Compact, an agreement between at least two states that allows the home state to treat a boating conviction of one of its residents in another state as if the conviction had occurred in the home state. It also authorizes the Department of Natural Resources to suspend a person’s privilege to operate a vessel for violations of vessel laws of this state and other states.

Source: Governor’s Office of Georgia

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  1. Terence says:

    I am not sure that the founders meant that the right to bear arms meant that we have to be able to carry them everywhere, under every circumstance and without regulation or restriction. Just like I don’t believe they ever saw any constitutional right as without limit.

  2. Bryan Austin says:

    Our pro-gun legislation has been killed for the past three years by a SuperRepublican Majority in the Senate lead by Lt Gov Cagle and current Gov Deal. Read the following.
    “Here’s the long story, which I’m telling because you want info on Deal. This requires some explanation.
    Yes, EJR914, me, and a lot of others in Georgia have been actively pushing for a month or two now to help pass this legislation. Because of the Senate, we actually had to sacrifice (completely) campus carry, and church carry is “opt-in” (meaning it’s not legal to enter a church armed unless you obtain permission from the lease-holder of the private property first!). One of our “compromises” to the Senate was allowing them to add an amendment that “allows” hunters to hunt with suppressors (though anyone can pay the tax and own a suppressor, you just couldn’t HUNT with it 😕 ). Oh, and the bill called them “silencers.” 🙄
    Anyway, up until a couple of hours before the end of the legislative session for the year, the House and the Senate were at each other’s throats, with the House being more pro-gun and the Senate wanting to allow as little freedom as possible through their fingers. Sad, considering that we have a Republican SUPERMAJORITY and should be able to pass these bills no prob. Anyway, the Senate has torpedoed this same bill for the last two years by some devious maneuvering. However, this is an election year, and many of our House Reps were determined to fight to get the majority of the issues passed. The House did some clever maneuvering of its own (thanks nominally to Chairman Powell, Rep. Rick Jasperse and a few others), and we ended up getting around an intended Senate subcommittee sabotage. Essentially, the House was able to secure HB 60 for passage by Sine Die, which passed by almost 2/3 of the House. Just waiting to see what Deal will do.
    Now, there’s your backstory. What you don’t know is that Governor Deal and Lieut. Gov. Cagle have been behind some of the sabotage during this year and the past two years. This year, a “phone call” (from Deal or someone representing him) killed campus carry in HB 875 in the House subcommittee, before HB 875 could get to the House floor for a vote. In the Senate judiciary subcommittee, one of the senators, Stone, accepted the nomination as a judge ($120,000/yr salary), offered by Gov. Deal, in return for gutting the best parts of HB 875. However, the House learned this before the committee meeting, and while Stone & Co. were busy killing HB 875, the House took a different bill that had already passed the Senate vote, HB 60, and amended it to include all the language of HB 875 (not including campus carry). HB 60 thus became the revitalized pro-gun bill, and only needed its amendments approved by the Senate (thus bypassing the Senate subcommittee and forcing the entire Senate to vote on the record during an election year). So, we got what we did because the House was forced to resort to Senate tactics…smart, but should never have been necessary in a state with a Republican supermajority in the legislature.
    Deal is running for reelection partly on a pro-2A stance on his website, which states that he has always approved pro-2A legislation that crosses his desk. So, he either vetoes it and forgoes his promise, ignores it and lets it become law by default, or “endorses” it by signing it for his campaign propaganda.
    Governor Nathan Deal does not wish for Georgians to carry in church, in government buildings, on college campuses/on college-owned property, and he has no scruples regarding using unorthodox/illegal methods to get his way. Same goes for Cagle. I didn’t vote for Deal the past election – I voted for a more Libertarian-oriented candidate. I sure as hell will not support him this year. By the same token, many of the Republicans in the Senate and the House are RINOs, and only voted pro-gun because it is an election year. Those people who showed resistance to voting pro-Constitution will not be getting my vote.
    Deal is a conniving, two-faced politician (poli = many, tic = parasite), Cagle is similar, and many of the other politicians in the capitol share the same traits. We’re fortunate that we have such gun organizations as GeorgiaCarry.Org, a local pro-gun rights organization that has been fighting to restore our liberties for over a decade. They play the game, they get to know our representatives by name and in person, and they get the job done. If ANY of you have a similar organization in your home state, I humbly suggest that you get involved with it ASAP, find out what the issues are in your state’s House and Senate regarding firearms, and work with them to restore (or defend) your rights. Just getting on FB and sharing info, getting others interested, can help.” ~ (Rah45) Georgia Carry member

  3. Bryan Austin says:

    This was a quote and not from me but from an acquaintance.