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Georgia House Votes To Allow Guns In Bars, Churches

Posted by on Feb. 19, 2014 at 3:15 AM
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By David Beasley

ATLANTA, Feb 18 (Reuters) - Georgia lawmakers on Tuesday voted to allow bars and churches to decide for themselves whether to let gun owners carry weapons into their buildings.

The measure heads for the state Senate after the members of Georgia's House of Representatives approved the legislation with a 119-56 vote, according to the chamber's Twitter account.

The rights of gun owners became a major political issue in 2012, when the United States experienced a rash of mass shootings, including a massacre that claimed the lives of 20 first-graders and six adults in Newtown, Connecticut.

Gun-control and gun-rights advocates have turned their respective efforts to statehouses after gun control legislation stalled in the U.S. Congress.

Under the Georgia bill, churches and bars would be allowed to decide whether to allow weapons inside their buildings, according to the legislation's sponsor, Rep. Rick Jasperse, a Republican.

"We don't need to be penalizing law-abiding citizens and taking away their Second Amendment rights," Jasperse said, referring to the U.S. Constitution's right to bear arms.

The legislation would also allow secondary schools to decide whether to allow teachers and administrators to carry weapons.

"The legislation does not represent the majority of people of Georgia, but only a small number of gun advocates," said Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, a Democrat who voted against the bill.

If the bill passes, gun owners will also be able to take their weapons into governmental buildings if security screenings are not in place, but guns would remain prohibited in courthouses and prisons. (Editing by Brendan O'Brien)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/18/georgia-house-guns_n_4812352.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000013

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turtle68
by Mahinaarangi on Feb. 19, 2014 at 4:52 AM
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In bars??  Is Georgia trying to cull residents?

LaughCryLive
by Silver Member on Feb. 19, 2014 at 4:56 AM
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LMAO! This is exactly what I was thinking. 


If the bar owner has a brain he won't allow guns on his property.

Quoting turtle68:

In bars??  Is Georgia trying to cull residents?


Alayna - Wife to Sanjay and mommy to Anjali

Carpy
by Ruby Member on Feb. 19, 2014 at 6:29 AM
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It would still be against the law to possess a gun while intoxicated.

Woodbabe
by Woodie on Feb. 19, 2014 at 7:35 AM
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They're probably already doing it anyway, this just protects them under the law. My BIL actively carries a gun to church every week, he's one of several men who rotate duties to serve as protection. The wife of the pastor of their parent church was shot and killed outside a church service. Many many churches have armed patrons for undercover protection and most don't even know it.

lga1965
by on Feb. 19, 2014 at 7:39 AM

 Bars? WHere people drink and get grouchy and angry? Uh uh.

Church, where people go to worship and sing and pray? NO!

WHat is WRONG with those people down south? ( or anywhere in'merica )

vermontmoms
by Member on Feb. 19, 2014 at 7:41 AM
Only in Ga! I'm never moving back....
tanyainmizzou
by on Feb. 19, 2014 at 7:52 AM
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Why shouldn't a place be allowed to determine who carries what on their property?

mikiemom
by Ruby Member on Feb. 19, 2014 at 8:14 AM
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yay, this will result in less stupid people in our world - fuck-it let them kill each other.

Smart people will stay out of bars and churches in Georgia lol

nelopyma
by Bronze Member on Feb. 19, 2014 at 9:14 AM

In South Carolina, a bill was just signed into law allowing people to carry concealed in bars and restaurants.  The owner of the establishment can refuse to allow weapons, but really, what's he's supposed to do, frisk everyone?  One of the clauses in the law states that you can't carry concealed if you're drinking alcohol... again, utterly stupid since if one is going to a bar, it's a safe assumption they intend to drink alcohol.

sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Feb. 19, 2014 at 9:19 AM
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In a brazen burst of blasphemy, Georgia Republicans have implicitly conceded that's there is no God to protect you -- even in church. You're on your own; take a gun! But, honestly, why shouldn't conservative Americans take into their houses of worship one of the few things they actually show signs of genuinely worshipping? Glory!
 
-Mrs. Betty Bowers

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