Bill to OK firearms in court surprises judges

Provision in HB 512 would let licensed gun owners carry firearms into unguarded courthouses

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A bill that would allow licensed Georgia gun owners to carry firearms into unguarded government buildings, including courthouses, has cleared a major legislative hurdle but seems to have caught judges' groups off guard. Judge David Emerson (above) said he is uncomfortable with a provision in the bill.

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  • Stephen Land

    The bill to allow firearms in courts, in addition to churches and schools, and to relax the rules preventing people with mental disabilities to purchase firearms leads me to believe a majority of the Georgia House of Representatives are suffering from a mental disability of their own. Since the Connecticut school shooting virtually every state and locality are reappraising their gun laws to prevent a repeat of such horror. A country that has over 12,000 homicides every year from gun violence cannot be proud of that fact. Now Georgia, contrary to all rational thought, wants to make it even more dangerous. Pathetic is the word that comes to mind.

  • Jay Mac - Atlanta

    I certanly hope that before any of these pieces of legislation are consider that the Ga. legislature will first agree to permit weapons to be carried on a concealed basis in the state Capitol as well as all other all other state office building where legislators have their offices.

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