Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed a new bill into law Wednesday that will greatly expand, or should I say restore, the Rights of Georgians to carry firearms in more places than they have been allow to in many decades.
One of the most encouraging portions of the new bill prohibits police from asking for a permit simply because someone is peaceably exercising their Right to keep and bear arms. Something I would love to see every state adopt. IMO it’s no different than stopping someone who is driving just to ask for a drivers license. It’s fishing at best and in most cases simply flat out harassment.
Opponents of the new legislation are out in force with the “sky will fall” predictions. One of the old standby lines is “guns and alcohol don’t mix”. It’s a simple one liner for a simple minded person and meant to stir up emotion among those ignorant of existing laws in other states. If the sky was really going to fall, why hasn’t it in Indiana or dozens of other states?
I’ll simply point to Indiana as our comparison state. At 18 you can get a license to carry a handgun. You can carry, openly or concealed, into a bar at 21. You can carry into virtually any local government building and if the municipality tries to prevent you, you can sue for monetary damages. You can carry into churches…. for decades upon decades. Hold on a second I’ve got to check something…. ok I’m back, the sky is still up where it belongs. I’ll keep checking, after 90~ years, it’s bound to be ready to fall any day now.
Among the new (read restored) Rights of Georgians, citizens in the armed forces can get a license to carry at 18 as opposed to waiting until they are 21. While I am pleased more Americans will be able to carry, I deplore the notion of second class citizens. That is exactly what this new law does, tell those between the ages of 18-20 that their lives aren’t worth as much. Many states don’t place such draconian restrictions on young people but unfortunately many still do.
Georgia joins a few other states this year in (re)legalizing hunting with suppressors. Georgians will also join numerous other states where it is also legal to carry into an airport, excluding the “sterile” areas. The TSA director issued a statement calling it “disturbing” and a “dangerous idea”… it appears the director doesn’t realize that it’s already legal in several other states.
My hat is off to Georgians for getting what is overall a very good bill off the ground and passed into law. I’d also suggest their is more work to be done in the next session to eliminate certain restrictions when it comes to churches and especially college campuses.
The new law “respects private property rights” according to the Governor. One must wonder how an accommodation open to the public that cannot discriminate against someone based on things like gender, race, religion or other protected civil liberties can some how claim “private property rights” when denying someone their birth right to self defense. Its absurd. A person has a Right to self defense as much as someone has a Right to be black or be a female. In the mean time I can only suggest you avoid such establishments like the plague. They don’t deserve your patronage or your money.
Enjoy the victory Georgia, just don’t rest on your laurels for too long there is still a lot of work to be done.