Bill would expand category of judges to get gun privileges
1:32 pm, February 13th, 2013
A bill expanding the category of judges who have state firearms carry privileges passed the Georgia House of Representatives today.
House Bill 60 would amend OCGA § 16-11-130 to include local judges as well as all retired judges. Currently, the law exempts state and federal trial and appellate judges, full-time and permanent part-time city court judges, and former state trial and appellate judges under state retirement from state firearm restrictions and regulations, such as licensing .
The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Doug Holt, R-Social Circle, said he filed the bill after a constituent who is a retired juvenile court judge complained that he was not receiving the same carry privileges as other retired juvenile court judges because he retired under Association County Commissioners of Georgia’s retirement system rather than the state’s.
Holt did not name the judge.
When the bill was before the House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee, lawmakers agreed that carry privilege “should be extended to all judges, active and retired,” Holt said.
He added that there were questions about whether expanding the exemption category would allow previously prohibited people to carry firearms, such as those with felony convictions.
“The short answer is no,” Holt said during a House floor debate on the bill today.
For full text of the bill go to : http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20132014/HB/60