Bill will increase the number of places Georgians can carry firearms
A major new piece of Second Amendment legislation was introduced last week in the Georgia General Assembly by State Rep. Rick Jasperse, who represents Pickens County. The legislation would increase the number of places Georgians can carry firearms, including churches, bars and college campuses.
"We're trying to open up some places where the rule followers can go,” said State Rep. Rick Jasperse. “This is not about making us a more armed society. It allows the rule followers to take care of themselves if they need to."
H.B. 512, known as the “Safe Carry Protection Act,” was introduced by Jasperse. It would also allow men and women over the age of 18 who are serving in the military or have been honorably discharged from the military to be able to purchase a gun.
See additional reporting on Safe Carry Protection Act in this week's print edition.
The bill would specifically reduce the number of off-limits places and eliminate the need for fingerprinting when citizens are applying for a renewal of their permits.
"The bill is to help the people that I call the ‘rule followers’,” said Jasperse. "They want to do what's right. They have already gone to the trouble and expense of getting a license, of having background checks and fingerprints and a mental health check. Then, they have taken on the responsibility of carrying the weapon. Then they have to figure out where they can and can't carry the weapon.”
The bill was co-sponsored by five fellow Republican representatives, including John Meadows of Calhoun and Mandi Ballinger of Canton.
“The purpose for the Second Amendment… was to guarantee that the citizens would be able to ensure the protection of their liberties and families -from any source whether it is bad guys, or encroachments upon our liberties by government,” said Jasperse.
The bill is currently in a House Committee and could be voted on this week by the full House. Jasperse is expected to present the bill to the Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee Monday afternoon.
Citizens can follow the progress of this bill and all others by going to www.legis.ga.gov/