According to its fervent supporters, the Second Amendment is quite clear in its intent. To them, our founders envisioned a land of liberty in which “the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”
Unfortunately, as gun ownership has come under attack by the radical left in America, more and more destinations have become so-called “gun-free zones.”
To those being prohibited from self-protection in these locations, it is apparent that criminals who intend to cause harm will not be dissuaded by a sign on the door informing them guns are not welcome.
Fortunately for the law-abiding gun owners in Georgia, a majority of the state House apparently agrees. In a recent decisive vote of 119 to 56, legislators passed the “Safe Carry Protection Act,” which gives concealed carry permit holders much more freedom to bear firearms in public.
The act would reportedly permit guns to be carried by teachers in schools, “while others with licenses could take their guns into houses of worship, more bars and government offices.”
Certain government buildings with high levels of security would still be off-limits for guns of any type. Of course, with such upfront safety measures, a potential massacre would be much less likely.
In general, the bill seems to offer many of the provisions for which gun rights activists have been asking. A clear majority of state representatives have apparently realized that the prevalence of gun-free zones are not only antithetical to the spirit of the Second Amendment, but contribute to a more dangerous society.
As Republican State Rep. Rick Jasperse explained, such locations are “gun free to the good guys only.”
Not only would the bill open the landscape to concealed carriers, it would also lower penalties for those who unwittingly break the law. As an example, reports indicate an individual caught carrying a gun onto a college campus would no longer be arrested and could face a fine of no more than $100.
While the bill’s dissenters were overwhelmingly Democrat, Republican Chuck Sims expressed his opinion that a “gun doesn’t belong in a church” and “doesn’t belong in a bar.”
For the majority of his party, however, the right of an individual to protect his life and property is of utmost importance. Millions of gun owners across the nation agree and are calling for other states to follow Georgia’s principled lead on the issue.
–B. Christopher Agee
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