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HB 292, Georgia Gun Reciprocity

 
Municipal Impact Position Contact
Evaluating Justin Kirnon, (678) 686-6255

Last Updated: 2/16/2017
Subject Area: Public Safety |
Resources: bill text
The purpose of the proposed legislation is to give non-resident weapons carry license holders authorization to carry a weapon in the state of Georgia for up to 90 days. The temporary authorization is no longer valid if the licence holder becomes a permanent resident.  Individuals must maintain an active license in their home state while an application for a Georgia license is in process.
 
The proposed legislation allows individuals with a valid hunting or fishing license, or individuals not required to carry one, to carry a knife without carrying a weapons carry license while actively engaged in legal hunting, fishing, or sport shooting on state owned lands.
 
In addition, the proposed legislation makes allowances for certain individuals to carry weapons within school safety zones, at school functions, or on a bus.
 
The judge of the probate court may provide printed information to license applicants about gun safety. The Department of Natural Resources must maintain information, or a hyperlink to information, about hunter education and classes available in the state on gun safety on their principal website.
 
The proposed legislation revises and clarifies language to instruct the judge of the probate court  on determinations to be made and the procedures to be followed by law enforcement agencies when issuing a carry license for individuals who have a legal name change or address change.
 
The proposed legislation authorizes former county, municipal, state, or federal law enforcement officers (registered or certified by the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council) to carry a handgun on or off duty anywhere within the state, including, but not limited to, in a courthouse. A sheriff with jurisdiction over a county courthouse (or courthouse annex) may provide facilities for holding authorized weapons given the entrance is protected and well-maintained by the sheriff or their deputy sheriffs.
 
The proposed legislation clarifies the meaning of Commercial service airport and Major airline carrier for the purpose of carrying of a weapon or long gun.
 
The proposed legislation would allow for the preservation of a person's involuntary hospitalization information received by the Georgia Crime Information Center and offer exceptions to provide for a judicial review upon appeal.
 
Finally, the proposed legislation calls for civil immunity for firearm instructors in any circumstance where a person receives an injuries due to  failure to use a firearm properly or lawfully.
 

Votes

3/28/2017 House Vote #364 Yea - 110 Nay - 49 Not Voting - 7 Excused - 14
3/28/2017 Senate Vote #261 Yea - 37 Nay - 16 Not Voting - 2 Excused - 0
3/28/2017 Senate Vote #251 Yea - 37 Nay - 16 Not Voting - 2 Excused - 0
3/3/2017 House Vote #180 Yea - 127 Nay - 48 Not Voting - 2 Excused - 3
BILL STATUS

5/8/2017 - Effective Date

5/8/2017 - Act 217

5/8/2017 - Date Signed by Governor

AUTHOR

Rep. Rick Jasperse
District 12
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