Public Safety and Homeland Security
On Wednesday, February 23, Chairman Brian Kemp of the 46th called the meeting to order for the purpose of discussing Senate Bills 126, 175, 205 and Senate Resolution 86.
The last bill to be discussed was the Substitute to SB 175, authored by Sen. Jeff Mullis of the 53rd. The bill defines â€œfirearmsâ€ as any weapon that is designed to or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive or the frame or the receiver of any such weapon, any firearm muffler or firearm silencer, or any destructive device. All transfers or purchases of firearms conducted by a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer or licensed dealer shall be subject to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). It changes the background check responsibility from the GBI to the FBI mainly because it causes a financial strain on the GBI. There were several individuals and groups testifying, beginning with Don Thomas with the National Rifle Association (NRA), who spoke in support of the bill. After Committee members asked Mr. Thomas questions, there was testimony from Alice Johnson and others with Georgians for Gun Safety against the bill. Ted Baggett and Margarite Russell with Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) raised concerns about language in the bill that referred to municipalities. Shirley Britton, a Captain with the Atlanta Police Department, spoke in opposition of the bill. Sen. Gloria Butler of the 55th submitted three Amendments to the bill that were voted down. SB 175 was passed out of Committee by substitute as amended.
(P39) If a licensee contacts NICS on Thursday, December 3, 1998, and gets a "delayed" response, when may the licensee transfer the firearm if no further response is received from NICS? [Back]
The firearm may be transferred on Wednesday, December 9, 1998. Assuming state offices are open on Friday, Monday, and Tuesday, and closed on Saturday and Sunday, 3 business days would have elapsed at the end of Tuesday, December 8, 1998. Therefore, the licensee may transfer the firearm at the start of business on Wednesday, December 9, 1998. (The 3 business days do not include the day the NICS check is initiated.)