Weapons Reporting and Licensing Bill Passes State Senate

A weapons reporting and licensing bill sponsored by former Franklin County Manager and current Madison County State Senator Frank Ginn passes the State Senate.

Senate Bill 101, which was also co-sponsored by local State Senator John Wilkinson, passed the Senate this week by a vote of 41 to 10.

The bill contains measures that would remove the state required license currently required for a firearms dealer and require only a federal firearms license, authorize non-Georgia residents with a weapons carry license to carry their weapon legally in Georgia, allow persons between the ages of 18 and 21 to possess a weapon carry license provided they have completed basic training or are active duty or without a dishonorable discharge from any U.S. military branch, and prohibit the state from creating and maintaining a database of license holders.

In addition, the bill includes a measure that would prevent public housing authorities from restricting the lawful possession of firearms by tenants in lease agreements.

In a press release announcing passage by the Senate, Ginn said that the legislation would remove burdensome requirements for businesses, including costly and redundant mandates for firearms dealers.

Senate Bill 101 now goes to the State House of Representatives for its consideration.

This bill is one of several weapons-related bills under consideration in the state’s General Assembly during the 2013 legislative session.