Georgia Congress members believe that your gun rights do not stop at the state line.
In 2013, A Pennsylvania woman, a single mother of two, was arrested in New Jersey for unlawful possession of a weapon even though she was licensed to carry a concealed firearm in her home state. After spending 40 days in jail and losing her job, she was pardoned by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a major new gun bill that has managed to cause consternation for both gun control advocates and champions of the Second Amendment such as the National Rifle Association.
HR 38, known as the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, passed on a mostly party-line vote of 231–198. It is no surprise that Democrats voted no for the bill; however, Sanford Bishop from Albany voted for the measure.
Also included in the bill was the Fix NICS Act, which was merged into the Concealed-Carry legislation on Tuesday. The Fix NICS language is designed to correct underreporting or disqualifying records to the FBI, so firearms don’t fall into the wrong hands. The Fix NICS bill would also implement a semi-annual reporting requirement for all military branches to tell Congress and the public how reporting is compiled.
Also opposed to the final legislative package was a clutch of hardcore gun rights activists who supported the concealed-carry provisions of the law but were opposed to the background check provisions. The Fix NICS bill will allow for an appropriation of up to $625 million to the states to expand the National Background Check Database.
Combining the two bills helped get the entire gun legislative package through House, but not without criticism from even some Republicans.
Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), was most vocal about combining the bills and who wrote a lengthy Facebook post “blowing the whistle on the swamp” for logrolling on the Concealed-Carry bill. According to Massie, administrative agencies, not courts, could submit more names to the national background check database and while putting those agencies in a position of adjudicating Second Amendment rights, something Massie says should be left up to the courts. However, administrative agencies are already required quarterly to send information on people who are prohibited from owning firearms to the U.S. Attorney General.
Republican Congresswoman Karen Handel (GA -06) placed an amendment to HR 4477, the Fix NICS bill, when the bill was in committee and became part of the merged legislation that passed the House on Wednesday.
Handel’s amendment requires the U.S. Attorney General to report to Congress on the use of bump stocks in the commission of criminal activity. Additionally, the amendment directs the Attorney General to provide a legal opinion on whether federal law already allows enhanced sentencing for criminals using bump stocks.
Republican Congressman Tom Graves (GA-14) said “[t]he Second Amendment is alive and well, and passing this bill reaffirms the constitutional right of every law-abiding American to keep and bear arms. With concealed carry reciprocity, those who legally hold a concealed carry permit in one state can carry in another state without fear of accidentally breaking its laws.”
|Aye||R||Carter, Buddy||GA 1st|
|Aye||D||Bishop, Sanford||GA 2nd|
|Aye||R||Ferguson, Drew||GA 3rd|
|No||D||Johnson, Hank||GA 4th|
|No||D||Lewis, John||GA 5th|
|Aye||R||Handel, Karen||GA 6th|
|Aye||R||Woodall, Rob||GA 7th|
|Aye||R||Scott, Austin||GA 8th|
|Aye||R||Collins, Doug||GA 9th|
|Aye||R||Hice, Jody||GA 10th|
|Aye||R||Loudermilk, Barry||GA 11th|
|Aye||R||Allen, Rick||GA 12th|
|No||D||Scott, David||GA 13th|
|Aye||R||Graves, Tom||GA 14th|