According to the legislation, House Bill 751, anyone — including a law enforcement officer — who tried to enforce a "red flag" law from another state or the federal government could be charged with a felony and serve up to three years in jail and face a fine of up to $5,000.
Georgia does not have a "red flag" law, but state Rep. Matthew Wilson, a Brookhaven Democrat, filed House Bill 435 to allow state residents and law enforcement officers to ask a superior court judge to determine whether someone is a threat. Similar laws have been enacted in 15 states, including Florida, and Washington, D.C.
Wilson said Pullin’s bill would set up a “constitutional showdown in federal court.”
“We should be giving law enforcement officers more tools for them to be able to protect people rather than making it a felony for them to do their jobs,” he said.
Pullin said he’s unsure if his bill will make it through the Legislature this year, but he wanted to start a conversation.
“This is really about pushing back against federal government and stat government to say if they attempt to pass laws like this, Georgia’s not going to adhere to it,” he said.