Thursday, January 7, 2010

Gun lobbyists shoot for the whole shebang

Posted By on Thu, Jan 7, 2010 at 8:03 PM

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A couple of years back, Georgia's very active gun lobby successfully pushed for a new law that greatly expanded the list of places where law-abiding citizens could pack righteous heat, to include public parks, wildlife management areas and family restaurants.

Well, they're back for another shot at, um, liberalizing the gun law. This time, however, instead of describing all the places where guns would be allowed, House Bill 615 simply names those places where guns would not be allowed.

It's a short list. Here it is … wait for it… aaaand … courtrooms and jails.

That's it. If this law passes, even fully licensed Georgia gun owners still couldn't take their Tec-9s to traffic court. What is this — a Stalinist dictatorship?

Mind you, under this bill, we'd be able to tote our shootin' irons into the local county courthouse, just not the "portion of the building that houses a courtroom or a jail."

Other from that, the rest of Georgia would become a free-fire zone, so to speak. Churches, city council meetings, nightclubs, Sam Club, you name it — no place or public gathering would be off limits, except federal property, where higher laws prevail (for now!). And if some misguided public safety officer stops you from carrying your hand cannon into a Chuck E. Cheese, you can sue his ass off for unlawful detention.

During a lengthy session of the House Judiciary Committee this morning, the corridors of the Capitol basement were filled with middle-aged white guys wearing buttons that read, "Guns save lives." One of the gun lovers had a hook for a hand — I bet there's an interesting story there. Another was heard complaining that current law didn't allow him to carry his weaponry in his neighborhood school zone.

Anyway, this latest gun bill is shaping up to be one of the big battles of the upcoming 2010 General Assembly. More later…

(Photo: Francis Tatem)

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