Just a couple of things today, the first from the Great State of Georgia where, thanks to pending legislation, Guns May Soon be Everywhere (what could possibly go wrong?):
Soon gun owners in the state of Georgia may be allowed to pack heat almost anywhere—including K-12 schools, bars, churches, government buildings, and airports. The “Safe Carry Protection Act” (HB 875) . . .
In addition to overturning current state laws and dramatically rolling back concealed-carry restrictions, HB 875 would loosen other gun regulations in the state. The law would:
- Remove the fingerprinting requirement for gun license renewals
- Prohibit the state from keeping a gun license database
- Tighten the state’s preemption statute, which restricts local governments from passing gun laws that conflict with state laws
- Repeal the state licensing requirement for firearms dealers (requiring only a federal firearms license)
- Expand gun owner rights in a declared state of emergency by prohibiting government authorities from seizing, registering, or otherwise limiting the carrying of guns in any way permitted by law before the emergency was declared
- Limit the governor’s emergency powers by repealing the ability to regulate the sale of firearms during a declared state of emergency
- Lower the age to obtain a concealed-carry license from 21 to 18 for active-duty military and honorably discharged veterans who’ve completed basic training
- Prohibit detaining someone for the sole purpose of checking whether they have a gun license
The sweeping bill would also expand the state’s Stand your Ground law into an “absolute” defense for the use of deadly force in self-protection. “Defense of self or others,” the bills reads “shall be an absolute defense to any violation under this part.” In its current wording, the bill would even allow individuals who possess a gun illegally—convicted felons, for example—to still claim a Stand Your Ground defense.
I know I’m reading between the lines in the above pile of nonsense, but what I think I may have spotted is a determination on the part of the Georgia legislature to likely NOT be all that interested in supporting my own suggestion that the Second Amendment be repealed once and for all, that all guns be collected and melted down. Like I say, it’s not specifically written in any of that, but still . . .
So OK, that’s enough stupidity for most any Friday Open Thread. Time for a trip to the lighter side, this time with proof positive that dogs are really cool!!
Funny how two really cool dogs have no difficulty at all making the bulk of the Great State of Georgia’s legislature look even more stupid than most any pile of rocks!