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Georgia House Bosses Supporting Gun Confiscation

Discussion in 'The Georgia Club' started by davidkerr, Mar 18, 2007.

  1. davidkerr


    Sep 27, 2005
    Conyers, Georgia
    Here we go again guys. It is time to turn up the heat on the Georgia House of Representatives. i received this from Georgia Gun owners:

    "(Atlanta, March 16) -- Two Ga. House bosses are helping the anti-gunners blockade the HB 6 Gun Confiscation Ban.

    Rep. Earl Ehrhart (R-Powder Springs), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, is a key player in deciding which bills die, and which bills live and go to the floor for a vote by the full House.

    At the last House Rules Committee meeting, Chairman Ehrhart scheduled a handful of non-controversial bills to be debated on the floor next day instead of HB 6. If HB 6 doesn't reach the floor by Wed. Mar. 21, under House rules it's dead for the year.

    You elected your State Rep. to go to Atlanta and deal with tough issues. You have a right to know how your Rep. stands on gun confiscation. It's the floor vote that counts.

    It's time to let Mr. Ehrhart know he needs to quit stalling on HB 6.

    Please act IMMEDIATELY when you get this alert. This is the beginning of a big fight. Mr. Ehrhart's committee meets next at 11:00 am Mon. Mar. 19 to consider HB 6 again. See action items below.

    HB 6 was given a "Do Pass" recommendation by the House Judiciary (Non-Civil) Committee on Jan. 30.

    That's when Mr. Ehrhart started stalling. First he claimed it was too early in the session to discuss the bill. But he couldn't keep on saying that.

    Next he said he was afraid it wouldn't pass. But then the HB 89 "Right to Carry in the Car" bill passed 130-30, and it's clear the Ga. House is overwhelmingly pro-gun.

    Now he's claiming it's too late in the session to act on HB 6. Yet between now and the midnight Mar. 21 deadline, Mr. Ehrhart will cut back room deals to put dozens of less important bills on the floor.

    Rep. Sharon Cooper (R-Marietta) is a member of the House Rules Committee and former Majority Caucus Chairman (a high-level boss). Usually a fence-sitter on guns, she's been leading the attack against HB 6. She wants to amend HB 6 to let the Governor ban the sale of guns during an emergency, even though that's when people might need to buy a gun the most.



    1. (top priority) Call Rep. Ehrhart's office at 404-656-5141 and leave a message asking him to bring HB 6 to the floor immediately for a vote by the full House. To make double-sure your message gets through, e-mail Mr. Ehrhart personally at:

    2. (secondary) Call Rep. Cooper's office at 404-656-5069 and leave a message saying people have the right to keep and bear arms, and an emergency is just when they might really need to buy one the most. To make double-sure your message gets through, phone her district office at 770-956-8357 and leave it there too. Word is Rep. Cooper doesn't use e-mail, so please make those calls.

    3. (always do this anyway) Forward a copy of this e-mail alert to three (3) people you know in Georgia who own guns or support the right to keep and bear arms.

    For more information on gun legislation, go to:"
  2. Ehrhart's position is that he's pushing the car carry bill, and not trying to push too much through at one time, losing all and gaining nothing. He's trying to get one thing done at a time, and he believes the car carry bill is more important. That's what he told me when I contacted him.

    I don't agree with him. Folks with permits can already store their weapon anywhere in the car.

  3. Adam5


    Sep 13, 2006
    Atlanta, GA
    Just curious, when did he say these things? Do you have a verifiable source of this? Rep Ehrhart claims that he never said them
  4. StoneDog


    Jun 22, 2006
    If it's not too late, I'll make the call ASAP.

    I thought the state already said it was legal to carry either in the glove box or in a console compartment - I thought this was the case for some time now. Can someone post a link to what our fine state says is legal?


  5. Wiley


    May 12, 2001
    Marietta, GA
    The only firearms bill still active is HB89. HB6 is dead for the year, SB43 should die for the year but read on.

    (Both HB6 and SB43/HB143 have just been refered to the originating committees but can be brought forth in '08 with no fuss.)

    Currently, if you don't have a GFL you can put a handgun in the glovebox, center console or leave it COMPLETELY exposed to view.

    If any part is covered or can't be seen from anywhere, you can/will be arrested and convicted of concealed carry with out a licence (there is case law supporting this).

    HB89 would change this to allow an individual who does not have a GFL but is in all respects qualified to get one to put a handgun anywhere in their vehicle. Exposed, hidden, partialy covered, whatever, just as GFL holders can now.

    The comment of, "Well just go get a GFL" sounds good but doesn't work in practice. Fulton county took TWO AND ONE HALF YEARS to issue a GFL to a man I personaly know. The majority of counties in Georgia take 4 to 6 months to issue (two to three times as long as the statutory requirment of 60 days).

    Also there is a move afoot to try amend HB89 with SB43 (which would allow you to keep a firearm locked in your car when at work). Doing so would probably kill both bills.

    Please contact Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, Senate Rules Committee Chariman Senator Don Balfour and, Senate Rules Committee Vice Chairman Bill Hamrick. Ask them politely to please NOT allow ammendments to HB89.

    Come to, and read what has been going on (click on the links in my sig).
  6. StoneDog


    Jun 22, 2006
    Thanks Wiley, I'll check out both of those sites.

    I don't follow... I'm sure the answer can be found at one of those two sites, but a handgun can be left in the glovebox while driving around - that I've got. But it's illegal to leave it in the glovebox while at work, or at a store for that matter?

  7. Wiley


    May 12, 2001
    Marietta, GA
    SB43 would give protection to employees who want to carry a gun in their cars and park in the company parking lot. As it stands now an employer can prohibit an employee from having a gun in his car, on company property, and can search his car for one and if a gun is found fire him.

    The only way for SB43 to get to the House is for it to be apended to another bill (which must be addressing the same code section). The only bill available is HB89.

    Due to politics, if that happens both bills will probably be defeated. GeorgiaCarry is working to get HB89 passed unammended since there is a lot of resistance to SB43.