Is it “the most extreme gun bill in America,” or is it “the most comprehensive pro-gun bill” in recent state history?
The final day of the 2014 legislative session produced House Bill 60, the gun bill that, among other things, allows permit holders to carry in bars and churches. This morning’s New York Times wonders how much further pro-second amendment legislation can go:
More than a year after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut elicited a burst of gun-control legislation, the Georgia bill shows just how far the counterreaction has spread as lawmakers, mainly in Republican-controlled states in the South and West, pass laws allowing weapons in all corners of society while strengthening so-called Stand Your Ground laws.
Critics say the victories may come at a price as pro-gun legislation pushes up against the limits of public opinion.
“I do think they’ve overreached,” said Laura Cutilletta, senior staff attorney at the San Francisco-based Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. The Georgia bill, she said, is “so extreme and people do have such a strong reaction to it. I don’t think over all it’s a victory for them.”
The Times goes on to detail some of the things the bill does, and gives examples where other states have sought to implement additional pro-gun legislation.