HB 60 is a dangerous

bill In our recent Georgia General Assembly session, our elected officials passed HB 60, a gun bill with many dangerous provisions.

These included arming ill-trained school employees in grades K-12, allowing persons to carry guns into bars, giving convicted felons the right to use our ill-advised stand-your-ground defense if they shoot someone, reducing penalties for pointing a gun at another person without justification (a nightmare for persons subjected to spousal abuse), allowing hunters to use silencers, reducing penalties for persons who "forget" and carry a gun into the secure areas of state airports, and forbidding law-enforcement officers from checking to see if a person acting suspiciously has a carry permit, thus nullifying the very concept of permits and endangering our police.

The bill has nothing to do with protecting Second Amendment rights and everything to do with removing any responsibility or accountability from gun users, even those who have no right to own a gun. It is a bullet to the head from the gun lobby. It is also altogether twisted and should not stand.

Governor Deal can choose to protect the safety of all his constituents or he can kowtow to the Washington gun lobby and give felons a license to kill. It's an election year, and the temptation to side with vocal firearm fetishists is strong. So please call Gov. Deal at 404-656-1776 and tell him to veto this insane bill. If you do not, it may well become state law.

Michael Bishop

Pine Mountain



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