There are some things on which I agree with tea partiers. There are some things I don’t – because I’m not against everything just to be against it.
This email. This has to stop if anything of note is going to get accomplished. This email was broadcasted far and wide to South Georgia. The gist of it is “I haven’t read the whole bill, but it looks like it’s going to pass so it must be baadd.”
My favorite lines:
- H.B. 512 is long, and I haven’t finished analyzing it in detail. And our volunteer legal staff hasn’t had a chance to review it, either.
- Please call these bill sponsors immediately and insist they reject all of these poison pill provisions or withdraw their bill outright.
Pro tip: I openly admit I have a lot to learn about politics, but I know this – when you demand ALL or NOTHING…you usually end up with nothing.
The whole email (except for the names and phones numbers to call) for your reading pleasure:
“Late yesterday, we received word from our sources at the State Capitol that gun lobby insiders have struck a deal with House leadership and written a gun bill in secrecy that is “likely to pass.”
That statement alone should have pro-gun supporters worried.
Although the bill, H.B. 512, wasn’t publicly posted until just after midnight last night, our sources also tell us that it is likely to go before the committee, and perhaps even for a vote, as early as today (or possibly Monday).
Why would politicians in the House want to ram through something as important as a gun bill without allowing Georgia’s millions of pro-gun citizens any time to read it and provide input?
I am worried that access-based lobbyists have sold out your God-given freedoms as a compromise for modest gains in Georgia’s gun laws.
H.B. 512 is long, and I haven’t finished analyzing it in detail. And our volunteer legal staff hasn’t had a chance to review it, either.
But there are several red flags in this bill that jump out at me on the initial reading:
*** Instead of simply abolishing Georgia’s government building carry ban, lines 103 – 108 create a convoluted scheme where a person with a weapons license can carry in government buildings – but only if there are no security guards posted.
*** Instead of simply abolishing Georgia’s college campus carry ban outright, as H.B. 29 would do, lines 122 – 128 leave the campus ban in place for student housing and any property used for competitive sports. Any student living on campus would be de facto disarmed and left vulnerable by this bill.
*** Lines 279 – 303 force law-abiding citizens to give up their medical privacy in order to apply for a weapons carry license.
Current Georgia law, which is far from perfect, puts this requirement under the discretion of the probate judge. These changes also increase the licensing fee for all applicants.
These types of “mental screening” provisions are exactly the type of back-door gun controls that leftists like President Obama and Senator Feinstein want to use to ban guns from law-abiding citizens and military veterans!
*** Lines 399 – 400 expand the list of “special people” who aren’t required to follow Georgia’s ‘Gun Free Zone’ laws.
We believe that all law-abiding citizens should be exempted from the ‘Gun Free Zone’ laws by abolishing them outright, not by creating exceptions for certain “special” people!
This bill is a classic example of politicians distracting pro-gun supporters with a few “treats” so they can ram through the “tricks” contained elsewhere in the bill.
Please call these bill sponsors immediately and insist they reject all of these poison pill provisions or withdraw their bill outright: