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Is a school bus used to carry passengers from a parking area to a festival off-limits? The busses are owned by the county, will be used outside of school hours and off school grounds for the purpose of carrying passengers from satellite parking lots to the festival. It seems to me that this wouldn’t be an off-limits situation, but I could be wrong. What say you?
 

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16-11-127.1

(b) (1) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (c) of this Code section, it shall be unlawful for any person to carry to or to possess or have under such person's control while within a school safety zone or at a school building, school function, or school property or on a bus or other transportation furnished by the school any weapon or explosive compound, other than fireworks the possession of which is regulated by Chapter 10 of Title 25.
(e) It shall be no defense to a prosecution for a violation of this Code section that:

(1) School was or was not in session at the time of the offense;

(2) The real property was being used for other purposes besides school purposes at the time of the offense; or

(3) The offense took place on a school vehicle.
http://www.georgiapacking.org/GaCode/?t ... tion=127.1
 

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I guess I'm wrong...Oh well, looks as if I shall walk. I know we have come a long way but we still have a ways to go in order to get the laws in this state fixed.
 

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There are a bunch of exceptions in the law, but let's assume none of them apply to most ordinary adults who might set foot on a school bus.
Let's see how this ban on guns on school buses could bite some unsuspecting person:

1.) The school lends its buses to some community festival, or athletic event (10K race, Half-Marathon, etc.) and you attend that festival while armed and ride the bus.

2.) The school lends its buses to some government agency or church group or non-governmental organization to help evacuate people from the path of a hurricane. You get on the bus with a gun (either carrying it on your body or just packed in your luggage) and you're a [EDITED] Criminal!
3.) A school bus breaks down and needs a tow. The tow truck driver always carries a gun. He's got that gun on his person when he gets on the bus to make sure no kids are on it, and to release the brakes, prior to towing it. Although he's only on the bus for 20 seconds, and there were no school kids around for miles (another bus already came and got them), and he's miles from any school, his crime can get him 10 years in prison,
EDITED: or 12 months in jail for a GFL/ GWL holder.
 

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gunsmoker said:
There are a bunch of exceptions in the law, but let's assume none of them apply to most ordinary adults who might set foot on a school bus.
Let's see how this ban on guns on school buses could bite some unsuspecting person:

1.) The school lends its buses to some community festival, or athletic event (10K race, Half-Marathon, etc.) and you attend that festival while armed and ride the bus.

2.) The school lends its buses to some government agency or church group or non-governmental organization to help evacuate people from the path of a hurricane. You get on the bus with a gun (either carrying it on your body or just packed in your luggage) and you're a felon.

3.) A school bus breaks down and needs a tow. The tow truck driver always carries a gun. He's got that gun on his person when he gets on the bus to make sure no kids are on it, and to release the brakes, prior to towing it. Although he's only on the bus for 20 seconds, and there were no school kids around for miles (another bus already came and got them), and he's miles from any school, his crime can get him 10 years in prison.
If you have a GWL it is only a misdemeanor.
 

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Good catch. I forgot about that recent change in our law (thanks to SB 308, right?).
In my scenarios #1 and #3 above, the person would be expected to have a GWL even before they stepped on the bus.

Here's a cut and paste of the new sentencing provisions of the School Safety Zone law:

2) Any license holder who violates this subsection shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
Any person who is not a license holder who violates this subsection shall be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction thereof, be punished by a fine of not more than $10,000.00, by imprisonment
for not less than two nor more than ten years, or both.


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16-11-127.1
(3) Any person convicted of a violation of this subsection involving a dangerous weapon or machine gun, as such terms are defined in Code Section 16-11-121, shall be punished by a fine of not more than $10,000.00 or by imprisonment for a period of not less than five nor more than ten years, or both.
It looks like even if you have a GWL and even if you have a legally registered MG, its still a felony.

http://www.georgiapacking.org/GaCode/?t ... tion=127.1
 
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