The “Common Sense Lawful Carry Bill” sponsored by State Sen. Mitch Seabaugh, R-Sharpsburg, was overwhelmingly approved by the Georgia Senate Wednesday evening.
The vote on Senate Bill 308 was 41-12.
The bill makes several changes to Georgia’s laws regarding the carrying of handguns, and it makes some changes to the licensing rules and regulations.
Also approved Wednesday night was SB 291, sponsored by Sen. David Shafer, R-Duluth.
SB 291 allows people who hold a Georgia Firearm’s License to have a loaded gun in their vehicles while picking up or dropping off someone at a commercial airport. The bill does not allow license holders to carry the gun outside a vehicle.
Seabaugh’s bill eliminates Georgia’s long-standing law that prevents carrying handguns at “public gatherings.”
The definition of public gathering has always been up to interpretation. Varying interpretations by both gun owners and law enforcement have led to much confusion over the years.