Is mom packing heat? Attorney General Sam Olens released a Frequently Asked Questions regarding the weapons law amendments that took effect July 1 of this year answering that question.
HB 60, affectionately known as the “Guns Everywhere” bill, allows licensed gun owners to carry firearms in bars, in churches that “opt-in” and in government buildings without security screening checkpoints.
HB 826, dubbed the “zero-tolerance policy”, changes provisions relating to carrying weapons within certain school safety zones and at school functions.
Sam Olen’s FAQ – Can a person with a weapons carry license carry a weapon at a school?
“Both House Bill 60 and House Bill 826 addressed this question in amendments to 0. C. G.A. § 16-11-127.1 The provisions are in conflict. House Bill 60 was signed by the Governor after House Bill 826 and is the later enactment, so the provisions of House Bill 60 control. Therefore, there is a general prohibition against carrying weapons in a school safety zone (which includes the real property or buildings of public or private elementary schools, secondary schools, technical schools, vocational schools, colleges, or universities); however, a person who possesses a weapons carry license may have a weapon when carrying or picking up a student and may have a weapon in a vehicle that is in transit through or parked within a school safety zone.”
Last month Governor Deal released a statement backing up Olens’ stance on the issue.
“During the bill signing period, I was presented with two pieces of legislation regarding the Second Amendment rights of Georgians who have gone through a background check to legally obtain a Georgia Weapons Carry License. While in the review process, it came to my attention that the two bills contained many overlapping provisions. I sought the opinions of the legislative counsel and my executive counsel regarding the possible legal conflict. I signed HB 60 after HB 826 to ensure the major substantive provisions in HB 60 became law. In doing so, any contradicting language was conflicted out in favor of the last bill signed.”
DeKalb Schools’ Student Handbook prohibits students from carrying various weapons. There is currently no board policy addressing licensed Gun Toting Soccer Moms.