SB 308 was sponsored by Senator Mitch Seabaugh.
Georgia’s Common Sense Lawful Carry Act protects lawfully carrying citizens from unknowingly becoming criminals by clarifying where they can and cannot carry their weapons,” Sen. Seabaugh said. “They know all too well that a license to carry is not a license to commit a crime.
This law was truly written by the citizens of Georgia, with input from all interested constituents. Government should work for the people to protect their freedoms and constitutionally guaranteed rights.
The new law repeals Georgia’s 140 year old public gathering law, originally adopted to expose black Georgians and Republicans to violence by white Democrat mobs.
SB 308 replaces the public gathering statute with a new law that criminalizes possession of weapons in some government buildings, courtrooms, jails and prisons, elementary and secondary schools, and the dormitories or residential housing at college campuses.
There are new measures to protect the possession of a firearm in an automobile while in the parking lots of any prohibited locations if certain requirements are met.
I want to thank Gov. Perdue and my colleagues in the Legislature for their support and willingness to work on this legislation.
I also want to thank everyone who provided valuable input into writing this bill to help achieve a law that makes sense.
GeorgiaCarry.Org appreciates Governor Perdue’s signing this important legislation,” stated Ed Stone, President of GCO. “It is vital for law-abiding citizens who wish to arm themselves for self-defense to know definitively what places are off-limits. This bill, through the leadership of Sen. Seabaugh, eliminates much of the ambiguity inherent in the former law. GeorgiaCarry.org believes that this legislation is an important step in the restoration and full implementation of law-abiding citizens’ right to bear arms.”