#StandYourGround: Georgia’s “Safe Carry Protection Act” (HB 875) seeks to expand the state’s controversial Stand Your Ground legislation. It would allow people to carry guns almost anywhere they choose, including schools, bars, churches, government buildings and airports. Lucia McBath, the mother of teen Jordan Davis, who was murdered by Michael Dunn after an altercation about ‘thug music,’ is leading the charge against this bill.
Stand Your Ground laws, which was made famous by the murder of Trayvon Martin by overzealous neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman, allowed armed citizens to defend themselves with deadly force if they feel threatened and believe they face physical harm.
HB 875, which was introduced by state Rep. Rick Jasperse, could be passed next week during before the current legislative session ends on March 20. Laura Cutiletta, a staff attorney with the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence told PolitiFact, “Of all the bills pending right now in state legislatures, this is the most sweeping and most dangerous.”
It should also be noted that Americans for Responsible Solutions, the gun reform advocacy group founded by former Arizona congresswoman Gabby Giffords who was shot in the head by Jared Loughner, called HB 875 the “guns everywhere” bill. Of course, the National Rifle Association is embracing this bill, calling it “the most comprehensive pro-gun reform legislation introduced in recent state history.”
- Removal of fingerprinting requirement for gun license renewals
- Ban the state from keeping a gun license database
- Repeal the state licensing requirement for firearms dealers (requiring only a federal firearms license)
- Expand gun owner rights in a declared state of emergency by prohibiting government authorities from seizing, registering, or otherwise limiting the carrying of guns in any way permitted by law before the emergency was declared
- Lower the age to obtain a concealed-carry license from 21 to 18 for active-duty military and honorably discharged veterans who’ve completed basic training
- Prohibit detaining someone for the sole purpose of checking whether they have a gun license (H/T Mother Jones)
I am urging the residents of Georgia who are against Stand Your Ground laws to call your state representative and let he or she know you don’t want this bill passed. It could mean more unarmed black and Hispanic teens will be gunned down by cowards hiding behind a so-called threat.