mayors and an alliance of moms are urging state lawmakers to reject Georgia HB 875, also known as the “Safe Carry Act.”
Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a national bi-partisan coalition, and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, say the bill will make communities unsafe—not safe as proposed.
The legislation, which passed the House on March 3, would expand the right for gun owners to carry their weapons to a number of public places including houses of worship, bars, government meetings, airport and even classrooms as teachers.
Clarkston Mayor Ted Terry is among those in opposition, saying that HB 875 is a dangerous bill that strengthens the controversial Stand Your Ground Law.
Said Terry: “What could this bill lead to? City Council members holding meetings in a glass box around them? Having armed guards face the
“We know what is best for our city,” said Terry, who oversees 8,000 residents. “If this bill passes, they need to make revisions that would allow each city government to decide on the bill governing them or not.”
Terry says 12 Georgia mayors are in the Mayors Against Illegal Guns group. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Stone Mountain Mayor Patricia Wheeler are some of the members.
The bill was authored by Republicans Rep. Rick Jasperse of Jasper and Rep. Dustin Hightower of Carrollton. The legislation passed by a 119-56 vote in the House.
The legislation is headed for the Senate committee hearing. The Senate has until the end of