When I lived in California (for 25-years), it became increasingly difficult to watch the state legislature chip away at the 2nd Amendment (along with other amendments). Each county in California had its own rules as far as granting concealed weapons permits (CCW). In our county (one of the most conservative in the entire state), it was a “may issue,” which simply meant that when a person applied for a concealed weapons permit, the sheriff may or may not issue a permit to you.
This would be after you took the mandatory training course ($150.00), then filled out the proper paperwork and paid the fee ($230.00) for the privilege of having a CCW that was renewable every two years. Even after you did all that, if the sheriff did not believe your reason for wanting a CCW was good enough, your application could be denied.
If you were fortunate enough to obtain a CCW, only the specific guns listed on the permit were eligible to be carried, and the serial numbers of each gun were also listed on the permit. There was room for three, so if you happened to grab the wrong gun on the way out of the house that was not listed on the permit, it would create problems if a law enforcement officer (LEO) had reason to ask to see your permit.Once you obtained a permit, you were good in any part of the state.
Yes, there were restrictions like federal buildings, etc., but your permit was recognized in any county of California, except San Francisco. These cops chose deliberately not to recognize a CCW and would routinely take (steal) your gun from you. If you wanted it back, you had to sue, and when/if you did get the gun back, it was usually in unworkable condition. This happened to several of my friends who had been pulled over for speeding and dutifully told the officer that they were legally carrying.
There were (and are) a couple of senators who were always on the warpath where guns were concerned. Sen. Dianne Feinstein was/is probably the worst. Feinstein jumped on the bandwagon after tragic events like Sandy Hook to try desperately to get new anti-gun legislation through the ranks and into law. Feinstein introduced legislation in 1994 to ban so-called “assault” weapons and had continued on that path of gun rights destruction since then.
Interestingly enough, Feinstein also has a concealed weapons permit, but Democrat lawmakers are never one to allow hypocrisy to stand in their way of getting something done. After all, they’re “special” people and certainly far more important than average citizens, though they have no problem propping up victims of Sandy Hook or other tragedies in an effort to push their agendas.
Now of course, Feinstein wants to ban all semi-auto pistols and rifles and wants Obama to do so through an executive order (EO). EOs have no real jurisdiction or force of law behind them and are only really supposed to be used between agencies in the federal government. Congress fails understand the difference and doesn't seem to know what to do about Obama’s overreach except to try to make a law that will allegedly force him to obey the law.
The state of Georgia has its own rules for obtaining a CCW. It involves filling out an application, paying less than $100.00 and having your fingerprints sent to the FBI for a background check. If you’re clear, in two weeks or so you’ll receive your permit in the mail. It lasts for five years before it needs to be renewed and no guns are listed on the permit, which means you can carry any gun you legally own.
But now, Georgia has done even more to make certain the rights of law-abiding citizens are upheld under the 2nd Amendment. A new, sweeping gun law – HB60 – was recently passed by both the House and Senate in Georgia and now waits for Gov. Nathan Deal’s signature. The new law – dubbed “guns everywhere” by naysayers and opponents – will allow those with CCW permits to carry inside their house of worship if allowed by that church. Anti-Gunner HB60 restores some of the rights under the 2nd Amendment that the left has removed.
Now, under HB60 (if signed into law by Deal), if a church allows people to carry their concealed weapons inside the church, they are free to do so. The other sticking point involved using suppressors or silencers while hunting and HB60 allows hunters to use silencers.
It’s great to be part of a state that recognizes the validity of the 2nd Amendment and treats law-abiding citizens as adults. The left can argue all they want about people with guns, but normally, they put all gun-owners in the same category:
criminals/crazies. The left believes every gun has a mind of its own and will "go off" at any moment, because they think that people don't control guns, but guns control people. This is why they want to rid society of them, but will never be able to do so. They speak of guns as if they have souls, a will, and a mind to think. It's a subtle way of putting a gun in the "evil" category and bypassing the fact that evil people do evil things with guns, not the other way around.
I've discussed the Global Elite (GE) on many occasions in many different articles previously (at my own blog or other places), and one of the things they want to do is eliminate guns from society. That is something that is so patently obvious to anyone who can think critically, yet there are people who refuse to believe it for one reason or another.
Regardless of the gun-related tragedies that have occurred in America over the past few years and the way the Democrat lawmakers grab onto those tragedies to use them for their own benefit and agenda, there are still legislators who know the truth and want to do what is right. Obviously, those here in Georgia are among them.