Guest Post: Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal recently pulled the trigger on one of the most controversial pieces of gun legislation to exist in America, bringing a head to possibly the most heated gun debate yet.
The “Safe Carry Protection Act” has made the news for expanding the areas in which concealed firearms are allowed, including consenting churches, schools, bars and even some pre-securtiy parts of airports. Government buildings such as libraries and city halls also made the list, only these don’t require consent, bringing bewilderment to many Georgia residents.
The NRA calls the Act “the most comprehensive pro-gun bill in state history,” while the Americans for Responsible Solutions describing it as “the most extreme bill in America.” It’s possible that both have traces of accuracy.
The law, which will go into effect July 1st, has sparked massive controversies in both Georgia and the entire United States. While some fear that it may give gun rights advocates more access to potential violence, supporters consider it a necessary part of the Second Amendment. Gun supporters from all over the nation think it’s a step in the right direction, and national online gun stores such as Recob’s Target Shop and Pidgeon’s Gun Shop are continuing to thrive due to expanded gun rights around the nation.
While the most newsworthy parts of the new law center around the buildings in which concealed weapons will now be allowed, a large piece of the bill also focuses on amended hunting guidelines, revising a few “bullet points” to the hunting laws in the state.
The most notable change for hunters is that gun suppressors will now be allowed in the state as long as it is on one’s own private property or the property is aware of them. According to the NRA, suppressors are currently legal under federal law and in 39 states.
They explain how they don’t eliminate the sound of a gun, but compare it a car muffler reducing exhaust noise. They also claim that suppressors allow for improved shot accuracy, protection from hearing damage, and reduced noise complaints.
Another hunting change is for the younger ones— youth under 16 years of age can hunt deer with any firearm legal for hunting deer during primitive weapon hunts/seasons.
Other notable mentions for specific animals include:
- Turkey- “No. 2 shot or smaller, muzzleloading firearms, longbows, crossbows, recurve bows, or compound bows.”
- Deer, Bear, Feral Hogs- Broadhead arrows only; firearms are limited to 20 gauge shotguns (larger ones can be loaded with slugs or buckshot only if permitted in the area); muzzleloading firearms of .44 caliber or larger; center-fire firearms of .22 caliber or larger; a shotgun limit of no more than five shells in the magazine and chamber combined
- Alligators- “Weapons for hunting alligators shall be limited to hand-held ropes or snares, snatch hooks, harpoons, gigs, or arrows with restraining lines attached.Lawfully restrained alligators may be killed with any caliber handgun or bangstick and shall be killed immediately before transporting.”
- Nongame animals or nongame birds- no firearms restrictions
The rest of the guidelines can be read here.