Gun rights law fails to pass during Georgia session

Gun rights law fails to pass during Georgia session

Staff photo by Doug Strickland / A handgun is unloaded at the shooting range during a concealed carry permit class at Shooter’s Supply on Saturday, May 11, 2019, in Chattanooga, Tenn. On Monday, a bill allowing Tennesseans to publicly carry a handgun without a state-issued license and with no required firearms training or criminal background checks won final approval in the House. A bill that would have loosened Georgia law to allow anyone from any state who has a concealed weapons permit to carry their gun in Georgia failed to move forward this legislative session. House Bill 218 also would have prohibited gun permitting, gun sales and shooting ranges from being shut down in a state of emergency. State Rep. Rick Jasperse, R-Jasper, was a co-sponsor of the bill but could not be reached for comment Thursday. The bill faced criticism due to its timing. Just two weeks after eight people were killed in three Atlanta-area spas, the bill passed the Georgia Senate 34-18 on a party-line vote with Republicans in support of the measure. Sen. Elena Parent, D-Atlanta, was one of the vocal lawmakers who spoke out against the bill, especially with it passing so soon after the shootings. "We don’t have to see three establishments shot up and eight people dead in our state," Parent said on the Senate floor. "We don’t have to live in fear of the next mass shooting." As the bill hit a wall, House Speaker David Ralston, R-Ellijay, said the timing of […]

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