Wednesday, March 26, 2014

March 25th Update on Georgia HB 60 - The Safe Carry Protection Act

This is the latest word from Georgia Carry about Georgia HB 60, the Safe Carry Protection Act:

We need to continue to contact Governor Deal and ask him to sign HB60 into law.  We expect Governor Deal to sign the bill as he has always stated that he will sign any pro 2A bill that reaches his desk.  This bill fits that definition to a "T".  That is also a promise he has on his reelection website. However, he continues to get a lot of messages from the Bloomberg gun prohibitionists groups urging him to veto.  We must continue to make our position known. 
Contact Information for Governor Nathan Deal
Address:
The Office of the Governor
State of Georgia
203 State Capitol
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
Address for mail:
206 Washington Street
Suite 203, State Capitol
Atlanta, GA 30334
Phone: 404-656-1776
Fax: 404-657-7332

In order to email the Governor, you must go here and fill out the form:
We need our members to contact your elected officials who voted for the bill and let them know you appreciate their vote on HB60.  It is always nice for them to know you appreciate their efforts.  This is exactly why several GCO members waited outside the House Chamber to shake hands and thank the representatives who voted to make HB60 a reality.  Your email, phone call, letter will be greatly appreciated by them. 

You can find out how your Representative voted by going here.  Your Senator's vote will be found here.   If either of your elected officials voted no, please do not harass them because of their vote.  That is something that should be taken into account during the primary and general elections.

Please continue to conduct yourselves in a professional manner when contacting the governor or any other elected official.  Hopefully we can notify you shortly to quit calling as he has signed the bill and we will notify you as 
soon as we learn of his action.

Keep the pressure on the Governor to not back down from his promise. In the meantime, if you're not a member of GeorgiaCarry.Org, you need to go join. This is some of the great work that they do for everyone in Georgia. You can go here to sign up online, it only costs $16 per year.

Be safe.

Friday, March 21, 2014

HB 60 Passes the Georgia General Assembly!!

Well, we did it! And by "we" I mean legislators, lobbyists, and concerned citizens. HB 60 passed the Georgia General Assembly with a vote of 112-58.


Now it's off to Governor Deal's desk to sign. Everyone is pretty confident that he will sign it or face possible political suicide by contradicting his "pro-gun" stance. There is still a remote chance he will veto the bill, but I think the chances are pretty slim.


I would expect him to be more likely to ignore the bill rather than to outright veto it. This way he appears neutral and the bill sits for 40 days and it is passed into law automatically. But that's just my politically uneducated opinion.


The fight isn't over. There is still work to do in Georgia. Now that the session is over, get out there and get to know your legislators. Get to know the ones running for office now. And I mean get to know them personally. Call them. Visit them. Introduce yourself. Remember, they work for you, so let them know what your concerns are.


Be safe.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Undecided About Gun Control? Watch This!

If you're like me, you like cruising YouTube because you start with one video and then you're on a journey. That's what happened tonight. I got an email from a blog I follow and it had the "Video of the Year". It was a short one minute video of a young lady explaining why everyone should have a gun.


I admit, it was a good video, but then I saw this one at the end so I decided to try it. This second video turned out to be an excellent one for anyone that might be undecided about gun control. If there is a conservative bone in their body and a brain in their head, this video should shake them to their core.


It's a little lengthy, but I promise you, it's worth the time.


Be safe.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

HB60 (Previously HB875) Update

Got a late email last night from GeorgiaCarry.Org. Here is what it says and what we need to do.

Late last night, HB60 was agreed to and again amended, this time by the Senate.  HB60 is now back in the House.  The vote was 37-18.  There were two amendments added to HB60 in the Senate.  Those amendments are:
1) To add suppressors used in hunting language

2) To make churches opt in.  The language in this amendment is a little different than in the bills proposed in the past, in that churches would be illegal without permission of the church (much like bars are currently) but the language also decriminalizes church carry with a $100 fine if caught in a church that did not opt in.

HB60 now goes to the House and the House will have 3 options:
1) The House may agree or disagree. If the House agrees, the bill will be sent to the Governor for his action.

2) The House disagrees, a conference committee will be appointed (3 Senators appointed by the Lt. Governor and 3 Representatives appointed by House Speaker) and they will decide the final language of the bill.

3) Ignore and let die.

If the bill goes to conference committee, the committee will either reach agreement or not.  If they do not reach an agreement, the bill will die.

If the conference committee reaches an agreement, they will sign a Conference Committee Report (CCR).  The CCR will then be voted on in each chamber.   If the CCR does not pass either chamber, it will die.  If the CCR passes both chambers, it will be sent to the Governor for his action.

The Governor has the following options when the bill reaches his desk:
1) Sign the bill and it becomes law

2) Veto the bill.  If the Governor vetoes the bill, each chamber will have the opportunity to override his veto. Failure to override by a 2/3 majority means the bill fails.

3) Do nothing for 40 days and the bill will become law without the Governor's signature.
It is GeorgiaCarry.Org's feeling that the bill will go to conference and some things will have to be worked out there.  We only have one legislative day left in the 2013/2014 General Assembly Session so there is not much time left.

GeorgiaCarry.Org is not enamored with the church opt in language and will work to get that language amended in the conference committee along with some other clerical cleanup in the bill.

We will keep you informed of the progress.  In the meantime, you need to keep in contact with the Governor, your Senators and Representatives and keep them informed that you want them to pass HB60 if the conference committee report is favorable to our wishes.
 
We are getting very close to having a good gun bill but we still have work to do.  You, our members have really stepped up in the last weeks and made your presence and wished known to your elected officials.  The GCO Board of Directors, Officers and Executive Director thank you for all you have done thus far.  Your professional demeanor has shown through again when dealing with our elected officials.

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Contact Information for Governor Nathan Deal
Address:
The Office of the Governor
State of Georgia
203 State Capitol
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
Address for mail:
206 Washington Street
Suite 203, State Capitol
Atlanta, GA 30334
Phone: 404-656-1776
Fax: 404-657-7332
In order to email the Governor, you must go here and fill out the form:
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How to find your elected officials in GA
There are several ways to determine who your state elected officials are.  Here are a couple of ways to help you when writing your elected officials.  
If you are a registered voter, click here to find your elected officials in GA.

This is the Georgia Secretary of State "my voter" page.  With it, you can type in your specific information to pull voter info, including their Georgia Senate and House member. 
You may also go here and put in your information and it will bring up your elected officials contact as well.  This page requires your 9-digit zip code, which is available at here.  Once you have found your 9-digit zip code, click here to find your Georgia State Representative and Senator.

When you open the page, there is a space that says "Find Your Elected Officials".  Type in your 9-digit zip code and press enter.  The next page will give you the offices you want.  For Representatives and Senators, click on State Legislature.  A picture of your Representative and of your Senator will be shown on the next page.  Clicking on the name beside the picture will bring up a page for them and their information will be on the right hand side of the page.

Be safe.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

HB 875 Update - Senate Judiciary Non-Civil Committee Hearing Scheduled

Just got this in an email from GeorgiaCarry.Org:

"The Senate Judiciary Non-Civil Committee has scheduled a hearing for Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 1:00 PM in Room 307 CLOB (Coverdell Legislative Office Building). The address is of the CLOB is 18 Capitol Square SW, Atlanta, GA, 30334.

The hearing on the House Committee full of gun prohibitionists and many will speak against your rights on Tuesday.  We need all the members we can get to come to this hearing and wear your Gun Saves Lives Buttons, whether you plan to speak or not.  We need to have a show of force as we are now in a battle to get this bill passed in the Senate and get it signed into law. 

Unlike the gun prohibitionists, we should respect what others say, not applaud nor make snarky remarks or laugh at what others say.  That protocol was certainly not followed today.

We are asking all available members to do your best to be at tomorrow's hearing.  We will have Guns Saves Lives buttons available for you to make your presence known.  It is expected the gun prohibitionists will be there and we need to let the committee and legislators know that we are supporting this bill.
The CLOB is located south and across the street from the Capitol Building."

In addition, everyone is being asked to contact the Governor, Lt. Governor, and members of the committee to let them know we support this bill as passed by the House. Even if you aren't a member of Georgia Carry, we need your help to let these legislators know how we feel. In my opinion, it would be nice if they saw that even people not associated with a pro-2A group supports this bill.

"We also need EVERY Member and their friends to contact the Governor now and don't stop until the bill is signed into law.  

Everyone should remember what he did behind the scenes last year to HB512 and we don't want that to happen again.  Simply tell the governor that you are a "member of GeorgiaCarry.Org and you want this bill passed as it passed the House.  There is no reason for the State of Georgia to continue to deny your God given Constitutionally enumerated rights to self protection." 

As we have stated in the past and continue to state, please show your elected officials respect when contacting them in any manner. Threats of never voting for them get you nowhere very quickly and hurt, rather than help our cause.

Contact Information for Governor Deal

Address:

          The Office of the Governor
State of Georgia
203 State Capitol
Atlanta, Georgia 30334

Address for mail:

          206 Washington Street
Suite 203, State Capitol
Atlanta, GA 30334

Phone: 404-656-1776
Fax: 404-657-7332


In order to email the Governor, you must go here and fill out the form:
  
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We also need every member of GeorgiaCarry.Org to continue to contact Lt. Governor Casey Cagle today and tell him "It is time the Senate passed a good gun bill that allows law-abiding citizens to protect themselves wherever they might be.  Please pass HB875 as it was passed by the House."

Contact Information for the Lt. Governor

Office of the Lieutenant Governor
240 State Capitol
Atlanta, GA 30334
Phone:
(404) 656-5030
Fax: (404) 656-6739

In order to email the Lt. Governor, you must go here and fill out the form:

HB875 is assigned to the Judiciary Non-Civil Committee.  Please contact the members of the committee today with the same message, asking them to support HB875 as it passed the House.  The members of the committee are listed below:
  
Stone, Jesse  Chairman
320-B Coverdell Legislative Office Building
Atlanta, GA 30334
Phone:
(404) 463-1314
Fax: (404) 463-1388
Email - jesse.stone@senate.ga.gov

Ligon, Jr., William T.  Vice Chairman
324-B Coverdell Legislative Office Building
Atlanta, GA 30334
Phone:
(404) 656-0045
Fax: (404) 651-9703
Email - william.ligon@senate.ga.gov

Thompson, Curt   Secretary
121-I State Capitol
Atlanta, GA 30334
Phone:
(404) 463-1318
Fax: (404) 651-7078
Email - curt@curtthompson.com

McKoon, Joshua   Ex-Officio
319-A Coverdell Legislative Office Building
Atlanta, GA 30334
Phone:
(404) 463-3931
Fax: (404) 657-3217

Bethel, Charlie 109 State Capitol
Atlanta, GA 30334
Phone:
(404) 651-7738
Fax: (404) 656-6484

Crosby, John 302-A Coverdell Legislative Office Building
Atlanta, GA 30334
Phone:
(404) 463-5258
Fax: (404) 657-0459

Fort, Vincent 121-J State Capitol
Atlanta, GA 30334
Phone:
(404) 656-5091
Fax: (404) 651-7078

Hill, Hunter 323-A Coverdell Legislative Office Bldg.
Atlanta, GA 30334
Phone:
(404) 463-2518

Ramsey, Sr., Ronald B. 303-A Coverdell Legislative Office Building
Atlanta, GA 30334
Phone:
(404) 463-2598
Fax: (404) 463-1386

Also, all members should be contacting their Senator and voicing support of HB875 as it passed the House.  It is imperative that we let the Senators know that we want to see HB875 passed as it passed the House.  Be short and to the point in all communications with your senator."

As Georgians, we need to get busy! Tell all your friends and family.

Be safe.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Bibb County Sheriff's Deputy: "It's a 45 GAP ACP"

.45 G.A.P. vs .45 ACP

A what?!? 

This is what I heard in a Macon Arby's last night. Two LEO's having supper. One in a Bibb County Sheriff's Office polo, the other a jacket and tie. Both are armed, and carrying openly.

The older gentleman in front of me asked the BCSO officer what model of Glock they were carrying. And that's what he said. "It's a 45 GAP, ACP." I remarked that I didn't think 45 GAP really caught on with anyone. "Well, it's relatively new. It's only been out about 2 or 3 years."

With that, I just butted out. But I then heard him explain how 45 GAP won't over-penetrate a sheetrock wall. I bit my tongue. They walked out of the restaurant. The gentleman in front of me waiting for his food mumbled something about bigger is always better. I tried to tell him it's all about shot placement, but I wasn't swaying his opinion.

Don't believe everything you hear in a gun store or a Macon Arby's.

Be safe.

Georgia General Assembly - HB 875 The Safe Carry Protection Act - UPDATE

HB 875 is still in the Judiciary Non-Civil Committee. GCO is asking everyone to contact Lt. Governor Casey Cagle and tell him "It is time the Senate passed a good gun bill that allows law-abiding citizens to protect themselves wherever they might be.  Please pass HB875 as is."


Even if you aren't a member of Georgia Carry, you should contact him and every member of the committee and tell them the same thing.


Be safe.

Savannah Preparing for HB875 Passage?

So reading thru USA Today's State-by-State section today, I see the Savannah City Hall is adding metal detectors at the front door.

Are they preparing for the passage of HB 875 that would allow licensed firearm owner access to government buildings not guarded with metal detectors?

Be safe.