Gun law specifics: Cops can’t stop suspects for unlawful carrying

The content of HB 60, the omnibus gun bill passed by the Legislature last Thursday, is finally available online and in hard copy at the state Capitol.

Two areas are likely to spark some controversy. First, there’s a requirement that holders of concealed weapons permits must have that license on their persons when they carry. Which is immediately followed by the caveat that cops aren’t allowed to stop anyone solely to check for that permit:

Howard Sills, sheriff of Putnam County, noted the language as the bill passed last week:

Jerry Henry, executive director of GeorgiaCarry.Org, sent us an index of case law that he says backs up the language in HB 60 – which you can ready by clicking here. But this is the gist:

More than likely, you’ll see increased stops by law enforcement for the official purpose of investigating such things as jaywalking and littering.

There’s also this passage, beefed up to put all regulation of gun stores and gun shows -- and now knife shows and shops, too -- solely in the hands of state lawmakers. Zoning included:

Questions can be directed to the House and Senate planning and zoning committees.

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Jim Galloway
Jim Galloway
Jim Galloway is a three-decade veteran of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution who writes the Political Insider blog and column.