Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed a wide-ranging gun bill into law Wednesday that has critics howling and proponents applauding.
House Bill 60, or the Safe Carry Protection Act of 2014 — which opponents have nicknamed the “guns everywhere bill” — specifies where Georgia residents can carry weapons. Included are provisions that allow residents who have concealed carry permits to take guns into some bars, churches, school zones, government buildings and certain parts of airports.
GeorgiaCarry, which lobbied for the bill, calls it “meaningful pro-gun legislation,” despite it being watered down from the group’s perspective. Still, the group has lauded the legislation, which will go into effect July 1. Americans for Responsible Solutions opposed the bill, calling it “extremism in action.”
The simple fact the matter is that despite all the howling from the anti-liberty left, this was a very moderate and logical bill, as even the Huffington Post admitted:
Here’s what the bill basically does: 1) It allows guns to be carried in places where liquor is served, which previously had been off-limits for guns; 2) It also allows guns to be carried in churches which, like restaurants and bars, were also off-limits for guns; 3) It further allows guns to be carried in certain non-secure areas of airports, which is really funny since Atlanta’s airport was ranked #1 nationally in the number of guns confiscated in 2013.
The law also makes some minor changes in the application process, a few new dos and don’ts when it comes to hunting and, what has become requisite in virtually every gun law passed since Sandy Hook, some language allegedly making it easier to pass information about mentally ill people to the Feds. But if you take the time to read the new law and go back and read the current law as well, you discover that most of these “historic” changes don’t really change things at all.
The two most “controversial” parts of the bill allowing carry in restaurants and bars that serve alcohol (if the restaurant bar decides to let them, and then only as long as the carrier consumes no alcohol) and churches (if the church wants to allow it) only really give business owners and churches the option to do what they want with their own property. Guns are not allowed in the airport past the TSA checkpoints. My favorite part of the bill is where it allows the conditional use of suppressors for hunting.
Other states have passed the same laws without much fanfare, and certainly without the always promised (but never delivered) “blood flowing in the streets.”
The reaction from the Chicken Little anti-gun movement was—as our compatriots at Twitchy note in great detail—entirely predictable.
Logic, reason, and common sense doesn’t seem to matter to a citizen control cult driven entirely by cycles of fear and misinformation.
The irony of all this fear-mongering is, of course, that for every “river of blood” that the citizen control cult promises that simply never comes, a few more of their followers wise up and slip away, never to believe the lies again.