Georgia Legislative Updates 2017
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Georgia Legislative Updates 2017

There were some significant changes in the
law for Weapons Carry License holders and for firearms owners in general in Georgia
in 2017. We’re going to look at two specific House
Bills: House Bill 280 and House Bill 292, both of which were signed by Governor Deal
and both of which went into effect July 1st. Now House Bill 280 is what we call the Campus Carry bill. This bill applied to Georgia’s public colleges
and universities—not private schools—public colleges and universities, but does allow
for lawful Weapons Carry License holders to carry concealed handguns onto certain areas
and spaces of Georgia’s public colleges and universities. Very important thing to remember—only public
colleges and universities. You must have a Weapons Carry license. It must be a concealed handgun. There are certain places you can’t go; no
sporting events, no stadiums, no gyms, no sporting events or areas where sporting events are held. No student housing, no dormitories, and no
fraternity houses. You can’t carry in any of those locations. No rooms or spaces where disciplinary
proceedings are held, no rooms or spaces where administrative offices are, no rooms or spaces
where high schoolers take classes, and no rooms or spaces where child care is provided. But other than that, there’s a lot of open
places where you can carry to protect yourself. That’s House Bill 280. Now House Bill 292 is the other bill that
changed many facets of Georgia’s weapons carry law. To begin with, financial institutions are barred from prohibiting
transactions with businesses that deal with firearms or from discriminating against businesses
that handle firearms or they have a business involving firearms. So businesses that involve firearms—can’t
discriminate against them. That’s number one. Number two, whereas before the change in the
law, you could only carry a knife with a blade of five inches or less without a weapons carry
license, the law was changed beginning July 1st. Now you can carry a knife with a blade of
12 inches or less. The law revised multiple aspects of reciprocity
law, allows for easier reciprocity and recognition of reciprocity with other states. And it also requires the Georgia attorney
general to maintain a public list of states that we have reciprocity with. So many good changes in the law
for Georgia citizens. Be sure to look those two up: House Bill 280.
and House Bill 292.

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