Target: Governor Nathan Deal
Goal: Don’t allow concealed carry in most public places in Georgia
The state government of Georgia has signed into law legislation that expands the number of places where Georgians can legally carry firearms. The Governor, Nathan Deal, has stated that this is a law that will protect firearm owners and their families from ‘people who don’t follow the rules.’ This blatant misreading of the Second Amendment will lead to unnecessary danger in public places in Georgia. The governor and the state legislature should act to immediately revoke this bill.
House bill 60 allows Georgians to carry weapons in schools, churches and government buildings. This bill also opens the door for defendants to use the ‘stand your ground’ rule when claiming self-defense. There is plenty of statistical evidence that shows that the simple presence of guns in public will lead to higher rates of gun violence. By making this law part of the Georgia state legal code, the government has endangered its own citizens.
The National Rifle Association has deemed the bill to be, ‘the most comprehensive pro-gun reform bill in state history.’ While there was bi-partisan support for the bill in the House of Representatives, that is not saying much. Georgia is a solidly pro-gun state and will continue to be as long as laws such as House bill 60 continue to pass. Sign this petition to plead for House bill 60 to be immediately repealed.
Dear Governor Deal,
The recent signing of House bill 60 into law will endanger the citizens of your state. By making this bill law, the presence of hand guns will be felt everywhere. Their victims will also feel the impact of these handguns. It is simple fact that the presence of guns leads to higher rates of violence.
This law also brings into play the ‘stand your ground’ defense. A hot topic in the news for the last few years, this defense strategy simply allows violent offenders to claim intimidation and walk away from potential murder convictions. I ask that you immediately move to repeal this law and protect the citizens of the state of Georgia.
[Your Name Here]
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