2 gun bills now before Ga. legislature

ATLANTA -- A hearing for House Bill 875, the Safe Carry Protection Act, took place at the State Capitol Wednesday afternoon.

At the forefront of the hearing was the amendment which would allow people 21 years and over and with a Georgia weapons license to carry a gun into churches and bars, as long the establishments do not object.

Testifying Wednesday against the bill was Lucia McBath, the mother of Jordan Davis, who was shot to death at a Florida gas station last year.

"It would be a terrible mistake to expand the law in this way," said McBath. "It would only feed a culture that encourages gun violence and only lead to more senseless tragedies like mine."

Also speaking was Dr. Christine King-Farris, the sister of Martin Luther King Jr., whose mother was shot to death at the organ of Ebenezer Baptist Church in 1974.

"House 875 hold significant potential for enabling violence against innocent people," said King-Farris.

Supporters say it would only allow adults with gun licenses to better protect themselves against criminals.

"They have been thoroughly vetted by the FBI, the GBI and we have been fingerprinted," said Ladonna Lowe, who supports the bill. "We are honest citizens who only want the right to defend ourselves and our families."

Rep. Alan Powell, Hartwell, Ga., led the charge for the Republicans supporting the bill. He also got the House to amend bill HB60, which would allow judges to carry firearms. He also dropped any language in HB875 about college campuses, which caused the bill to die last year.

HB875 was passed by the House on Feb. 18 by an overwhelming margin. HB60, will go back to the Senate as early as Wednesday. If it is passed, it will go straight to Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal.


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