Progress

I noted back in Brevity that campus carry here in Georgia was axed from the gun bill. However, that was not to say that the gun bill going through the legislature isn’t impressive. This week, a look at the bill, plus CCW on Campus elsewhere, and the return of Dick Heller. Thanks again to The Armed Novelist for helping gather this week’s reports.

1.) Georgia. Despite the loss of campus carry, a major gun bill that would allow for CCW in churches and bars. The bill passed the Public Safety and Homeland Security committee, will move to the House Rules Committee, before finally coming to the House floor for a vote.

In other Georgia news, a group calling itself the “Millenials Movement” (you only wish I was making that up) is opposing a portion of the gun bil which, while not legalizing campus carry, lowers the penatly from criminal prosecution to a $100 fine. A Morehouse College student, Ronnie Mosley, says the bill basically endorses guns on campus through that alone.

To repeat, this does NOT legalize campus carry. That is likely dead for the session.

2.) MAIG. To the surprise of pretty much nobody, a former of Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns group left after noticing that the objective of the group was gun confiscation. In a column in the Poughkeepsie Jorunal, mayor John Tkazyik wrote the following:

It did not take long to realize that MAIG’s agenda was much more than ridding felons of illegal guns; that under the guise of helping mayors facing a crime and drug epidemic, MAIG intended to promote confiscation of guns from law-abiding citizens. I don’t believe, never have believed and never will believe that public safety is enhanced by encroaching on our right to bear arms, and I will not be a part of any organization that does.

We can only hope other mayors see that, and also defect from the organization. Still though, it is good to see such candor from someone who used to be part of that group.

3.) November. Kicking up the hype well ahead of the elections, the NRA has referred to the 2014 cycle as “do-or-die” in terms of the Second Amendment. NRA President Jim Porter says the organization “fully expect” to win a pro-gun Senate in the 2014 elections. He also noted that even anti-gunners are seeing their narratives collapsing, with the release of crime reports plus the lack of long-promised “blood in the streets” gunfights materializing.

4.) Postal Service. A persistent Senator Rand Paul got a measure to allow guns NEAR but not IN Post Office buildings passed unanimously through a Senate committe. Paul noted the support of his ammendment allowing guns both near and in the buildings was backed by the NRA, GOA, and National Association for Gun Rights.

Minor victory, to be sure. But at least leaving a gun in your car before entering the Post Office may no longer be a criminal act if the bill passes. I’m curious to know what criminal would stop at being “near” the building though.

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