Fox News on April 24th from 3:33 to 3:37 PM.
The Georgia State House passed the bill 112 to 58 and the State Senate passed it 37 to 18, with prominent Democrats such as State Senator Jason Carter, who is likely to be the Democrats’ gubernatorial nominee, voting for the bill along with other Democrats.
With all the hyperventilation about Georgian’s expanded ability to carry guns, the law is actually just bringing Georgia into line with other states. For example, regarding establishments that serve alcohol, only Louisiana will still ban that.
The part of the new law that governs guns at schools is not particularly novel. Regarding schools the new law states: “to provide for local boards of education to authorize personnel to carry weapons within school safety zones under certain circumstances.” At least 20 other states have at least as liberal policies on carrying guns on K-12 school property. Even California’s rules are more liberal, as a permit holder only needs the permission of the school superintendent.
Other parts of the law wouldn’t even be controversial in New York. Take the provision: “to prohibit the creation or maintenance of data bases regarding persons issued weapons carry licenses.” Last year the state of New York passed a similar law protecting the identity of those with a license to own a gun.
A related interview was done on the Michigan Talk Network with Steve Gruber. (Thursday, April 24th, 8:35 to 8:41 AM).
Also Coast to Coast AM had a brief discussion (Thursday, April 24th, 1:08 to 1:10 AM).
Some examples of the media misrepresenting the new Georgia law and making it seem somehow unique are provided here.
For whatever it is worth, the CPRC was also mentioned in CNN today, though the comment was relatively inconsequential and missed out that I then pointed out that most of the state laws passed last year and all of the state laws passed so far this year have worked to reduce regulations.
“It’s mixed in many ways,” economist and pro-gun advocate John Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, said of the nation’s newest slate of gun laws. “Obviously, there’s some states that have been pushing for more gun control and others are moving in the other direction.” . . .
Alabama (which bans possessing a weapon on school grounds only if the carrier has “intent to do bodily harm”)Arkansas (with approval of the superintendent)California had allowed concealed carry on school grounds until it passed a law in 2015 that required the approval of the school administrator. However, beginning on October 14, 2017 a new law took away that authority from school administrators (more here).Connecticut (with approval of “school officials”)Georgia (with school board approval)Hawaii (no specific law)Idaho (with school trustees’ approval)Iowa (with “authorization”)Kansas (school districts may allow employees with concealed-carry permits to carry guns on campus if the district does not have a policy prohibiting it)Kentucky (with school board approval)Massachusetts (with approval of the school board or principal)Michigan (as long as the gun is carried openly)Minnesota (with approval of School Superintendent)Mississippi (with school board approval)Montana (with school trustees’ permission)New Hampshire (ban applies only to pupils, not adults)New Jersey (with approval from the school’s “governing officer”)New York (with the school’s approval)Ohio (with school board approval)Oregon (any permit holders, some school districts prevent employees from carrying)Rhode Island (with a state concealed weapons permit)South Dakota ( “school sentinels” law authorizes districts to create, establish and supervise the arming of school employees, hired security personnel or volunteers.)Tennessee (allows certain school employees to carry a firearm on school grounds if they are licensed, meet certain qualifications, and have written authorization from authorities)Texas (with the school’s permission)Utah (with approval of the “responsible school administrator”)Wyoming (as long as it’s not concealed)