“You know that gun control is no longer an issue, either pro or con, when both sides try to make you believe that something big has happened when nothing of any real importance happened at all,” huffingtonpost.com‘s “Mike the Gun Guy” opines. “I’m referring to the gun law just passed in Georgia which is awaiting Governor Nathan Deal’s expected signature, a law described by the New York Times as one of ‘breathtaking sweep’ and by the NRA as a ‘historic victory for the 2nd Amendment.'” Translation: the new law is neither the end of the world as gun control advocates know it nor the liberation of Peach Tree gun owners as the NRA proclaims. And for once, Mike’s not wrong. In fact, he draws attention to a huge, deeply worrying loophole in GA’s concealed carry licensing procedure . . .
While Georgia does not require a permit in order to purchase or own a gun, it does require a background check and prints in order to carry a weapon, and the issuance of said license can be denied if the licensing authority (County Probate Judge) decides that the candidate, even if he meets the legal requirements, is ‘not of good moral character.’ You’ll have to read down to Section 1-7 to find this little gem and a few pages later you’ll learn that someone who is denied a carry license can appeal the decision and will then appear at a hearing — before the same judge! If the judge prevails at the hearing perhaps you can move to another County and try again.
True story! Click here to read the bill. [Section 1 -7 starts at line 365.] The “good moral character” loophole is wide open to abuse; it’s a perfectly reprehensible excuse to deny Americans their natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. How it survived the “gun lobby’s” examination is anyone’s guess. And let’s give credit where credit’s due: Mike the Gun Guy nails it.
Can someone from the NRA please explain to me how a law that determines my fitness to carry a gun based on something as vague as “moral character,” advances 2nd Amendment rights? By the same token, does the Brady Campaign really believe that taking a pee in an airport toilet without first unhooking my holster indicates that guns will soon be found in every nook and cranny of the Peach State?
I don’t agree with Mike’s assessment that gun control is a non-issue (obvs.) or that the Georgia bill is unimportant. Even though it’s not a true “guns everywhere” bill (would that it were) it’s a step in the right direction – save that pesky “moral character clause.” It may be too late to rectify this defect, but the sooner it is eliminated the sooner Georgia can continue it laudable progress towards firearms freedom. One of the most important issues of this or any other time.