second amendment

Last Friday, the Georgia Senate passed Senate Bill 99, which would allow those who were involuntarily committed to regain their Second Amendment rights sooner rather than later.

Under current Georgia law, if a person is committed, he or she’s hospitalization is reported to the FBI for the National Instant Background Check System (NICS) and remains on the person’s record for five years.

SB 99 removed the five year period that would prohibit someone from purchasing a firearm. Now, the person must go through a hearing process to determine whether they still pose a risk to themselves and/or others.

According to Democratic Sen. Elena Parent, this bill would allow people who no longer pose a threat to regain their Second Amendment rights in a more timely fashion.

The bill passed 52-1 with bipartisan support.