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Governor Nathan Deal signed into law House Bill 60 (Safe Carry Protection Act of 2014), which was passed by wide margins. This law will do a few things:
While the bill says no one is allowed to carry a firearm past an airport’s security screening checkpoint, it allows guns in other areas, including “an airport drive, general parking area, walkway, or shops and areas of the terminal that are outside the screening checkpoint.”
Guns in airports? What could go wrong?!
Another provision of the new law allows firearms into any government building that is open for business and doesn’t have security personnel restricting access or screening visitors.
Some critics have said it was hypocritical to allow guns in so many places but not the state Capitol. Deal addressed that perception in a question from reporters, saying the Capitol fell under a wider statewide provision that affects many government buildings, and it’s “a uniform carved-out area all across our state.”
The law also allows Georgians to carry guns into bars and churches as long as the property owner hasn’t banned them. Anyone bringing a gun into a church that prohibits them won’t be arrested but could pay a fine up to $100, the law says.
A $100 fine for FREEDOM is a small price to pay, eh?
The law will also allow the carrying of firearms by any “duly authorized official of a public or private elementary or secondary school or a public or private technical school, vocational school, college, university, or other institution of post-secondary education or a local board of education.”
Johnny Teacher now becomes Johnny Law. OH YEAH BABY!
Other notable provisions of the law allow hunters to use silencers and suppressors when the owner of the property where they’re hunting is aware they’re using such a device; permit gun owners who have had their licenses revoked to apply for a new license after three years; restrict access for anyone whom a court has deemed mentally incompetent or insane, or anyone involuntary committed to a mental institution; and forbid police officers who see a resident carrying a gun to ask for their permit unless they’re committing a crime.
When you’re assasinating ducks, you don’t want the other ducks to be warned. As for the bolded part, one needs a permit to carry a gun but a peace officer is not allowed to ask someone carrying a gun in public if they have a permit. Genius! Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is now the law for gun holders in the state of Georgia.
Dontcha feel safer?