Georgia Expands Gun Owner Rights, but does the Bill go far enough?


Gun owners and supporters of the Second Amendment can cheer for Georgia as the state's governor signs into law a bill that expands, not limits, gun owner rights.

The National Rifle Association's lobbying arm called the bill "the most comprehensive pro-gun reform legislation introduced in recent state history."

The bill widens the scope of public places where licensed gun owners are allowed to carry.

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According to Fox News, changes to state law include allowing those with a license to carry a gun into a bar without restriction and into some government buildings that don't have certain security measures. It also allows religious leaders to decide whether it's OK for a person with a carry license to bring a gun into their place of worship.

Under the bill, school districts would now be able, if they wanted, to allow some employees to carry a firearm under certain conditions. The bill also eliminates the fingerprinting requirement for renewing weapons carry licenses.

Does this bill fully restore 2nd Amendment rights to its citizens? No.

But recently, Gun rights activists have been losing pro-gun legislation in Republican controlled states like Tenn. (see here) and in S.C. (see here).

It's refreshing to see the momentum moving in the right direction in Georgia. There is more work tos be done in Georgia. Hopefully, S.C. and Tenn. will follow Georgia's example, but with the current legislators in power that's not going to happen.

Still the question at hand is this: Why should we ask the government's permission to exercise a right we already have?

Why do I need to pay the state so I can carry a firearm to protect myself and my family?

The simple truth is state regulations on firearms are unconstitutional.

Americans must remain vigilant on this issue because powerful people want to take gun ownership away. People like retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.

Recently, Stevens argued for a 5-word change to the Second Amendment: "the right of the people to keep and bear arms – when serving in the Militia – shall not be infringed," adding the middle section.

People like Stevens are a direct threat to our freedom. But I have 4-words for Stevens: "Come and Take It!"

Don't expect Americans to hand over their guns without a fight!

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