3 Laws Targeting the United States Gun Debate
Following the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary and Fort Hood, there has been a great deal of anti-gun sentiment, including Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s $50 million gun control funding and his Every Town for Gun Safety organization. But with this special emphasis on gun control, there has also been subsequent pro-gun backlash. In light of the recent increase in political efforts behind a perpetually controversial topic, let’s take a look at the three largest gun legislation items we’ve seen recently.
1. The Safe Carry Protection Act
Number one on this list, and most recent, has to be Georgia’s “Safe Carry Protection Act,” called the “guns everywhere bill” by opponents. The bill allows licensed gun owners to carry their weapons, well, basically everywhere — including bars, schools, churches, and certain government buildings. Religious organizations will be able to choose whether or not to allow guns, and school districts may make the decision to choose staff members who will carry firearms in the school as well. The new law also applies to gun owners from twenty-eight other states as well and is being called “the most comprehensive pro-gun reform legislation introduced in recent history,” by the National Rifle Association.
For his part, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) was pleased to sign the bill Wednesday, saying, “Our state has some of the best protections for gun owners in the United States. And today we strengthen those rights protected by our nation’s most revered founding document,” according to USA TODAY.