HB60 goes into effect July 1
Jun 18, 2014 | 3459 views | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend | print
On July 1, 2014 several new laws will take effect in Georgia which were passed by the state legislature. Among them is HB 60 which sets new parameters for carrying a firearm.

“It’s kind of a complex law,” said Chatsworth Police Chief Josh Etheridge.” HB 60 increases the number of places that a firearm can lawfully be carried, however owners of private businesses, organizations, property owners and governing bodies may choose to not allow the carrying of firearms on their property.

“One area of concern for law enforcement is the possible mixing of firearms and alcohol, which under the law could easily occur. I have spoken with the owner of the Landmark Tavern here in Chatsworth and she has made the decision to prohibit firearms in her establisment.”

“While the bill does allow firearms to be carried in government buildings, there are exceptions such as those buildings in which court proceedings are conducted. And that would include those who do and do not have a permit to carry.

“Because Chatsworth City Hall contains the municipal court here it will be unlawful for a firearm to be carried into that building.

“Another exception would be that governing authorities can prohibit firearms or any other weapon in government buildings if the entrance is screened with security personnel.

“It also allows school administraions to allow, if they choose, to designate personnel to carry firearms within school safety zones, school functions or on a school bus as long as the personnel have a weapons carry license and undergo formal training. That decision must be made by the local boards of education.”

A person can obtain a weapons carry permit at the mc probate court, required to be fingerprinted and a criminal history check must be performed.