By GA WOLF
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour: 1 Peter 1:13
January 29, 2014 – Atlanta, GA – FreeFireZoneBlog.org – The Georgia State Senate Judiciary Committee will soon hold a hearing on legislation that attacks the individual’s inherent right to self-defense. Senate Bill 280, sponsored by State Senator Vincent Fort (D-39), would repeal an integral portion of Georgia’s self-defense law that allows an individual to defend themselves without a duty to retreat, putting their God-given and constitutional right to self-defense in jeopardy.
Sen. Fort was elected in 1996 and has been no stranger to controversy throughout his tenure in the state capital. In February 2010, Fort opposed a bill that would prevent Georgians from being forced to receive a microchip implant against their will, calling it “a solution in search of a problem.”
On October 26, 2011, Senator Fort was arrested along with 52 other members of Occupy Atlanta, in support of the protesters.
In 2014, Fort protested the appointment of a new executive director, Rebecca DeHart, for the Georgia Democratic Party because she is white. “When you have a chairman who is white and an executive director who is white,” Fort, the senate’s second-most senior member, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “that rich diversity is not reflected.”
Sen. Fort’s extreme liberal position as a legislator has been made abundantly clear. Therefore, can there be any question in the minds of normal people that SB 280 is inherently dangerous legislation? It appears to be the universal goal of the liberal left to empower violent criminals in their attacks on law-abiding citizens. Why should we as citizens be placed in fear of criminal prosecution when we stand our ground and defend ourselves? Why should we retreat from those places in which we have a legal right to be? This type of senseless and politically motivated legislation puts the rights of the criminal before the rights of a potential victim, and must be stopped.
In response, State Representative Rick Jasperse has introduced House Bill 875, perhaps the most comprehensive pro-gun reform legislation in recent state history.
HB 875 seeks to make many changes to benefit law-abiding gun owners, shooters and sportsmen alike. Some of the key improvements and changes include:
- Removal of fingerprinting for renewal of Weapons Carry Licenses (“WCL”).
- Prohibiting the state from creating and maintaining a database of WCL holders.
- Creation of an absolute defense for the legal use of deadly force in the face of a violent attack.
- Removal of the sweeping restrictions on legally carrying a firearm with a WCL in churches and bars, leaving this decision to private property owners.
- Lowering the age to obtain a concealed WCL for self-defense from 21 to 18 for active duty military, with specific training.
- Repealing the unnecessary and duplicative state-required license for a firearms dealer, instead requiring only a Federal Firearms License (FFL).
- Preempting a ban on firearms in public housing, ensuring that the right to self-defense should not be infringed based on where one calls home.
- Codifying the ability to legally carry, with a WCL, in sterile/non-secure areas of airports.
- Incorporation of the NICS Improvement Amendments Act for mental health reporting.
- Stating that under a declared state of emergency, all law-abiding gun owners will not have their Second Amendment rights restricted or infringed by executive authority through Emergency Powers protection.
- Strengthening current firearms preemption statutes through further clarification of the regulatory authority of local governments, excluding firearm discharge ordinances.
- Allowing school systems to decide whether staff and faculty may carry a firearm on school property, pending approved training, similar to the NRA’s National School Shield program.
- Allowing the lawful carry by WCL holders in government buildings where it is not currently restricted or security screening personnel are posted during regular business hours.
Rick Jasperse’ bill represents the conservative interpretation of, “common sense firearms legislation” and is indicative of the mindset of the vast majority of Georgia’s population.
We must never forget that the civil rights era in the Deep-South, so maligned by the Democratic Party, was in fact a child of their own design and creation. Now, while the Devil walks about yet again, seeking whom he may devour, we must remain eternally vigilant to prevent history repeating itself.
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