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Bills Passed/Adopted in the 2009-2010 Session

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Senate

Bill Number Description Pro-gun bill? Status
SB 162 Allows Security Guards to be licensed themselves instead of through their employer.
House Amendment removes requirement of a $1000 surety bond for Firearm Dealers.
Neutral
Yes
Passed the Senate.
Passed House Committee with amendment.
Passed the House as amended.
Senate passed the amended version
Governor signed, Already in effect.
SB 308 Allows concealed carry of weapons with a GFL and removes the requirement of a holster for concealment. Allows carry in a car when dropping off or picking up people at airports. Removes need to be fingerprinted for renewal.

Amended version removes "Public Gatherings" and replaces with a list of places off limits. Makes license an element of the crime instead of an affirmative defense. First conviction for drug possession is a 5 year prohibitor (instead of lifetime).

Yes Passed the Senate as amended.
Passed the House Judiciary Non-Civil committee as amended.
Passed the House as amended.
Senate disagreed.
House insisted.
Conference committee amended.
Conference committee version passed both the House and Senate.
Governor signed, Already in effect.

 

Vetoed Bills of the 2009-2010 Session

 

Senate

Bill Number Description Pro-gun bill? Status
SB 291 Allows concealed carry of weapons with a GFL and removes the requirement of a holster for concealment. Allows those that are not prohibited from firearm ownership to transport an unloaded firearm in a case. Allows carry in a car when dropping off or picking up people at the airport. No license needed for open carry. Removes need to be fingerprinted for renewal. Removes the Governor's emergency power to ban firearms and provides a legal remedy to sue anyone who takes or orders someone to take your firearm.
Does seem to remove NICS exemption from renewals (removes requirement to check NICS during renewal).

Amended version allows licensed carry in airports (in non-secure areas), removes prohibitor of misdemeanor drug possession for getting a carry license, allows renewal of license by mail and removes need to be re-fingerprinted, prohibits the seizure or registration of firearms during official states of emergency.

Yes Passed the Senate as amended.
Passed the House Public Safety and Homeland Security committee.
Passed the House.
Governor vetoed.

 

Dead Bills of the 2009-2010 Session

 

Senate

Bill Number Description Pro-gun bill? Status
SB 9 Remove requirement that a concealed firearm be kept in a holster. Yes Dead
SB 12 Makes it illegal to sell, buy or possess ammo that does not have a unique ID, effective Jan 1st 2010. Requires records of all ammo purchases including, name, birth date, DL number (or other government issued ID), ammo's unique id number, and any other info that might be wanted are to be kept on site for 3 years and the info is to be submitted to a state maintained database. No Dead
SB 281 Removes ban on carry in churches and church functions. Churches would be free to decide if they want to allow firearms or not. Yes Dead
SB 342 Removes Governor's power during a declared emergency to limit or suspend the sale, transport, or dispensing of firearms. Yes Dead
HB 545 Makes it illegal for process servers to carry a firearm on the job even if they have a license to carry.
Illegal carry portion removed from the bill.
No
Neutral
Dead
To see a Senator's Gun Bill vote record and grade, visit the Senate Report Card.

 

House of Representatives

Bill Number Description Pro-gun bill? Status
HB 155 Allows an option of either an expiring carry license (same as we have now... 5 years, $15) or a lifetime license ($40). Note: the lifetime license will not be NICS exempt. Yes Dead
HB 182 Preemption currently allows local governments to limit discharge of firearms. This bill would allow those that are on 5 or more acres of land to discharge firearms regardless of a local discharge law. Yes Dead
HB 259 Requires 4 hours of training for new applicants and 2 hours for renewal applicants. Must include live fire. No Dead
HB 260 Requires photo on GFL and address to be updated when you move. If you do not update your address it is no longer valid. (Currently your license is valid until it expires or it is revoked, no matter where or how often you move) No Dead
HB 286 Requires 8 hours of training for new and renewal applicants. Department of Safety can choose whatever regulations it likes and approve instructors to teach it. Must include live fire.
This one is worse than HB 259, it would allow the state to approve of only a small group of instructors so that it would be hard to take a class. At 8 hours in length it would have to be either weekend or multiple evening classes. Instructors are allowed to charge a reasonable fee, but no limit is stated so this would amount to a $100+ fee increase for the GFL. The 8 hour class would be needed every time you renew as well.
No Dead
HB 573 Removes felony crime for accidentally bringing a firearm onto school property. Yes Dead
HB 615 Repeal of Public Gatherings, allows more than just firearms to be concealed, removes the lifetime prohibitor for a misdemeanor drug conviction, moves licensing to Secretary of State, Katrina law (repeals Governors emergency power to limit firearm transportation) Yes Dead
HB 707 Eliminates state sales tax on ammo and ammo components used in pistols, rifles and shotguns for 2 years (July 1, 2010 - July 1, 2012). Yes Dead
HB 767 Eliminates state sales tax on ammo and firearms. Yes Dead
HB 819 A person with a firearms license would be exempt from 16-11-126 to 16-11-128. Yes Dead
HB 835 Training needed for new and renewal licenses (no live-fire). Photo on license and must update address when you move. No Dead
HB 873 Repeals all laws from 16-11-101 to 16-11-173. While no license would be needed to carry, as currently written it would also remove preemption and would once again mean that it is a felony to walk past a bus stop with a firearm. Yes Dead
HB 1238 States that firearms, firearm parts and ammo made in GA and kept in GA are not subject to federal regulation. While it is a nice idea, the US Supreme Court has already said that such an object would effect interstate commerce is enough for the object to be regulated (you are not buying/using an interstate object because you are buying/using one that is intrastate, so the intrastate object is affecting interstate commerce and so intrastate can also be regulated). Yes Dead
To see a Representative's Gun Bill vote record and grade, visit the House Report Card.

 

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