Seabaugh introduces new gun bill

Wed, 01/13/2010 - 9:37pm
By: Ben Nelms

State Sen. Mitch Seabaugh (R-Sharpsburg) is introducing a bill in the 2010 General Assembly that he says will clarify and simplify current weapons law and uphold the right to bear arms. The Georgia Common Sense Lawful Carry Act is meant to amend current Georgia law.

“As weapons legislation in Georgia is currently written, there is widespread confusion as to where, when, and who has the legal right to publicaly carry a weapon. Law enforcement officials, lawfully carrying citizens and concerned citizens aren’t clear on where the law applies all due to the vagueness of the term ‘public gathering.’ This confusion necessitates correction; therefore, I removed the public gathering provision and replaced it with language that makes sense and is easy to understand,” Seabaugh said.

The bill does not propose to alter the current firearm prohibitions in places such as schools and government offices and it maintains the requirement that persons under age 21 cannot be issued a permit to purchase or carry a weapon.

The bill does, however, give property owners the right to determine if lawfully carried weapons are permitted on their land, Seabaugh said.

“No government should infringe on private property owners’ decision to allow lawfully carried weapons. This is not necessarily an expansion of carry areas. It is feasible that some property owners will not permit lawfully carried weapons,” he said. “The provision also provides lawfully carrying citizens specific guarantees on securing their weapons in a parked vehicle when visiting places where weapons are not permitted.”

Seabaugh said the bill is also intended to centralize all licensing under the Secretary of State’s office so that citizens statewide can experience a measure of continuity in the licensing process that is not yet available.

“There is currently no continuity in the weapons licensing process. Georgia’s 159 counties have 159 different ways of issuing licenses. There is no way an application or enforcements don’t fall through the cracks. I’ve corrected this by centralizing all licensing under the guidance of the Secretary of State’s office,” Seabaugh said. “By bringing the system under the Secretary of State’s office, each county will have the same standards and each lawful citizen can expect the same process. The bill maintains all background checks currently in place while imposing new disqualifiers on who can obtain a license. The law must be fair to law-abiding, weapon-carrying citizens and ensure that any infractions and prohibitions are monitored and reported correctly, effectively and efficiently.”

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Submitted by OneAccord on Thu, 01/21/2010 - 9:51am.

what is the purpose of a permit. They are no longer called a "concealed weapons permit" but rather, it is now called a firearm permit. Under our bill of rights, don't we have the freedom to bear arms, without recourse from civil authorities? Carrying a weapon is our right, with or without a permit - unless you are felon. Why do you need a permit, if it is our right? ... unless they just want to keep track of law abiding gun owners.

If you carry a concealed weapon you must have a permit, and state laws can dictate restrictions (public building, political rallies, bars and churches, etc.). This is reasonable.

We need the laws and political verbage loosened. If more people carried weapons openly, Fayetteville would continue its reign as the safest place to live in the Atlanta metro region.

Seabaugh's bill is right on in requiring consistent standards statewide, from county to county.


Submitted by longhair09 on Fri, 01/15/2010 - 5:50am.

If one were in a bar enjoying the nectar of the gods and stood up and announced they were driving home some may say they were violating a community standard and the law would agree. Now what if that same person were to be carrying a gun? If a person is carrying (their constitutional right) and drinking (their right given by the gods) would that break a community standard? The law? What about their evolutionary right for boys to be boys and if there is a pretty filly in the bar to drink, carry, and crow?

Submitted by Spyglass on Fri, 01/15/2010 - 10:05am.

I'm in favor of all three....Guns, Whiskey and Womens....probably not in that order. Smiling

Submitted by 30YearResident on Thu, 01/14/2010 - 1:14pm.

That's why they're called "CRIMINALS".

They'll still carry where ever and when ever they want... especially in the "Gun Free" zones where only law abiding citizens will not carry. That's where it's easier for the "CRIMINALS" to get away with their crime.

Private Property owners that restrict legal carry are opening themselves up for trouble. They'll be the target for the "CRIMINALS" and there won't be anyone there to stop them.

Submitted by BHaynes on Thu, 01/14/2010 - 10:21am.

I believe Seabaugh is right on with his views. The right to carry a firearm is a basic right afforded all by the Constitution. It behooves each person to protect themselves, as law enforcement could be several minutes away.
As far as allowing local law to enforce on the Interstate highways, there is too much leeway for abuse. Interstate enforcement is a revenue enhanchment tool for local enforcements. Interstate traffic should be the State Patrols job, not local deputies out to make a name for writing the most tickets. I personally know a couple deputies whose sole goal is to "punish speeders"
Goveror Lester Maddox recognized this years ago, when he prohibited the wholesale use of radar by local police because of the abuse,

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Submitted by The 5-0 on Thu, 01/14/2010 - 9:25am.

I really hope the bill passes.

Submitted by lifeinptc on Thu, 01/14/2010 - 8:05am.

bill he introduces.
I'm still waiting for his explanation in not wanting local police to work traffic on the interstates. I need an explanation to understand what group he's looking to protect with that bill. Right now it looks like he's just trying to protect speeders on the interstate. I read one statement where he said the town police are needed in the towns. We all know that's bull, they have radios and can be summoned when needed. What's up Seabaugh?

Submitted by 30YearResident on Thu, 01/14/2010 - 7:24pm.

Look at East Point police on I-285 between Washington Rd exit and Campcreek Pkwy exit... speed trap in spades.

In my opinion, the interstates belong to the State Troopers to enforce, not the local fee grabbers.

Submitted by lifeinptc on Fri, 01/15/2010 - 2:11am.

Point. I heard that right after this came out and doubted it. Now THAT's transparent motivation.

Oh and before you lay it all on the Troopers ask one, They don't have the manpower to police the interstates alone.

Submitted by Spyglass on Thu, 01/14/2010 - 3:25pm.

writing tickets are famous for speed doesn't help safety, it strictly a revenue raising ploy for the Town/Cities involved. They can patrol all they want, if they are worried about safety and actually helping folks who need it.

Submitted by Biggis101 on Thu, 01/14/2010 - 5:36pm.

Can you even define a speed trap? It's not as if the LOCALS set the interstate speed limits. I always thought that if you drove the speed limit as it is posted by LAW, then you didn't get a ticket! Driving is a privilege, if you don't want a ticket then don't drive or don't speed. Most local departments have both patrol and traffic units. Let the traffic units do their job.

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Submitted by Spear Road Guy on Thu, 01/14/2010 - 9:35am.

First comes the bill that local cops can't write tickets on Interstate Highways so State House people can get to the strip clubs on time. Next comes the gun carry bill.

The third bill will allow you to shoot the cop trying to write you a ticket because Seabaugh is a little nutty.

I support the gun carry bill.

Vote Republican

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Submitted by mrs fran sheldon on Thu, 01/14/2010 - 8:36am.

I'm afraid that Mr. Seabaugh and those Republicans have lost my faith too. They say that the Democrats are worse but I think both of them are dishonest. Why hasn't Mr. Seabaugh and the Republicans cut my taxes? Those folks in Congress are even worse. Lord help us. I just thank God that my husband planned ahead for us.


Mrs. Fran Sheldon


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