For the past 2 years, Georgia state representatives have been working on a bill to allow more freedom for Georgia gun owners. Today (4/23/14) House Bill HB60 was passed into law.
Georgia governor Nathan Deal (R) stood in the ETC pavilion in Gilmer County (Ellijay) Ga. and signed HB60 into law today. “The Second Amendment should never be an afterthought. It should be at the forefront of our minds,” Deal said. The bill, called “Safe Carry Protection Act of 2014”, will allow residents who have concealed carry permits to take guns into some bars, churches, school zones, government buildings and certain parts of airports.
Gov. Deal stood with our forefathers today, quoting Thomas Jefferson, saying “The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.” Deal went on to say “Each generation of Americans must make its own way. ” and quoted Jefferson saying, “…one generation has no more right to bind another to it’s laws and judgments than one independent nation has the right to command another.” Deal continued by saying, “So today, our generation reiterates the desire for this fundamental right for our own reasons. While we still guard against tyranny, America today cherishes this right so that people who follow the rules, can protect themselves and their families from those who don’t follow the rules.”
Over 100 people packed the small 25 table pavilion in the small town of Ellijay, Ga. Most of whom were openly carrying a hand gun. Representative Rick Jasperse (R) commented saying, “You know I believe I’m in the safest place, in the state of Georgia .” which the crowd cheered.
Opponents of the bill have nicknamed it the “guns everywhere bill”, some referencing the provision that allows carry into bars, saying “Guns and alcohol never mix with positive results.”
If you have read any of my previous post, you know I am a firm believer and fighter for the 2nd Amendment and believe law abiding citizens should be allowed to carry anywhere and everywhere. It is not the ones that openly carry with a permit in their wallet that we should worry about, It is the ones that are shady and don’t abide by the laws in the first place they we have to protect ourselves from.
Here is a video of Gov. Deal’s speech.
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