learn more about the policy proposals supported by the Georgia Coalition for Safe Communities:
Georgia State legislation
Georgia HB 426
Georgia is one of the five states in the country with no hate crime laws. HB 426 aims to change this. This legislation would provide sentencing guidelines for anyone convicted of targeting a victim based on race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, mental disability or physical disability. This bill also states that a person convicted of a crime and proved to have been motivated by bias would face punishment ranging from three months to a year and a fine of up to $5,000 for a misdemeanor offense to at least two years in prison for a felony offense. HB 426 passed out of the House in 2019 and it is up to the Senate to vote on this legislation in 2020.
This legislation would prohibit those convicted of misdemeanor crimes of family violence from receiving, possessing, or transporting a firearm. It would also prohibit those who are subjects of family violence protective orders from receiving, possessing or transporting a firearm.
This legislation would reverse a 2017 law that allows people with state licenses to carry firearms on many parts of school safety zones, at school functions, or on a bus furnished by a school. It would also revoke the authorization for the carrying and possession of handguns on land owned or leased to public colleges and universities.
H.R.1112: The Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019
This legislation would strengthen the background check procedures federal firearms licensees or dealers must follow before selling or transferring a firearm. It would require background checks on all commercial gun sales, including those at gun shows and over the internet. This bill would close the “Charleston Loophole,” which allows the sale of a firearm to proceed if a background check is not completed within three days.
This legislation would authorize the Department of Justice (DOJ) to make grants for state and local governments to implement procedures to remove firearms from individuals who are charged with or convicted of domestic violence or subject to a domestic violence protective order. Additionally, the bill would set forth the following requirements:
The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) must report to Congress on best practices for implementing such procedures,
The NIJ must contract with nongovernmental entities to study the comparative effectiveness of such procedures, and
DOJ must submit federal legislative recommendations in accordance with the best practices.
H.R.3076/S.2521: Federal Extreme Risk Protection Order Act of 2019
This legislation empowers law enforcement to ensure that those who pose a threat to themselves or others do not have access to firearms. There are currently fifteen states and the District of Columbia who have enacted a similar extreme risk law which allows law enforcement adequate time to respond to warning signs of a planned shooting or suicide.
This legislation would ban the sale, manufacture, transfer and importation of 205 military-style assault weapons by name. It would also ban any assault weapon that accepts a detachable ammunition magazine and has one or more military characteristic. The bill would also ban magazines and other ammunition feeding devices that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition. For all provisions, existing owners may keep existing weapons and magazines.