Advocating for common sense firearms policies that assure public safety and reduce gun violence in Georgia
GUNS ON CAMPUS PASSED THROUGH
SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE
On Monday in only 30 minutes, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 5 – 3 along party lines to approve HB589. It will now go to the full Senate for a vote as early as the end of this week.
Five amendments by Senators Vincent Fort and Harold Jones including mandatory training, law enforcement intervention and other commonsense measures were shot down, and no one in the packed room with its overwhelming opposition to the bill was permitted to testify.
Noticeable in his absence was Bill Cowsert whose district includes Athens and the UGA community while UGA President Jere Morehead has been outspoken in his opposition to the bill.
With no amendments approved, the full Senate vote and the Governor’s signature will make campus carry the law at Georgia’s public colleges and universities.
Call and email your State Senator to vote against HB859. Find your Senator at…
http://openstates.org/ga/legislators/ and enter your address under the “?” on the right.
And flood Governor Deal’s office every day with phone calls telling him to veto this dangerous bill – (404) 656-1776
IMPORTANT UPDATES AND CALL TO ACTIONHB859 / GUNS ON CAMPUS
On Wednesday the Senate Judiciary committee heard from more than 30 opponents of the bill, students, parents, faculty, survivors of campus gun violence as well as Hank Huckaby, Chancellor of the Georgia Board of Regents. The 3 hour hearing before an overflow crowd overwhelmingly opposing this bill prompted a continuation of the discussion which will be held this Monday, March 7 at 1pm in Room 307 of the Coverdell Legislative Office Building when a vote is expected.
The photos below show a packed room and John Starbuck who testified not only about losing his 19 year old daughter to an accidental shooting by a 21 year old at Berkeley, but also about his son Zack who is a brilliant young man in his sophomore year at Georgia Tech. Zack has Aspergers Syndrome, a high functioning type of Autism. He is excelling with help from support services and the support of his family and friends, but if HB859 passes, he will have to give up his full scholarship.
PACK MONDAY’S HEARING
The press is reporting that negotiations between campus presidents, the Regents and Governor Deal are taking place, but we need to pack the room again to voice our opposition to anything less than college campuses remaining gun free.
Whether you attended on Wednesday or not, please try to come again. In the event that additional testimony is permitted, a prepared one to two minute presentation would be advisable.
We do expect a vote on Monday which if approved, will take the bill to the full Senate debate and vote.
CALLS AND EMAILS
We know that thousands of opposition emails and calls have sent a strong message to committee members and also helped to delay the vote. We need to continue.
for details on the hearing and contact information for committee members, the Governor, Lt. Governor and Senate President Pro Tem.
GREAT LOBBYING DAY
Most Georgians want sensible gun laws
Georgia Poll on Guns 2014
- Georgians who support Background Checks 91%
- Georgia Gun Owners who support Background Checks 74%
- Georgians who support Training Requirements for Permits 80%
- Georgians who oppose Campus Carry 78%
Poll, conducted in 2014 by Abt SRBI, among a statistically proportional representations of Georgia’s demographic and geographical population (accurate + or minus 4 %).