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CRIMES AND OFFENSES Offenses Against Public Order and Safety: Provide a Short Title; Amend Part 1 of Article 4 of Chapter 11 of Title 16 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, Relating to Dangerous Instrumentalities and Practices, so as to Provide for a Felony for Soliciting, Persuading, Encouraging, or Enticing any Dealer to Transfer or Otherwise Convey a Firearm to Anyone Other than the Actual Buyer; Amend Part 3 of Article 4 of Chapter 11 of Title 16 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, Relating to the Carrying and Possession of Firearms, so as to Change Certain Provisions Relating to Carrying Deadly Weapons to or at Public Gatherings; Provide for Constables to Carry Pistols in Publicly Owned or Operated Buildings; Exempt Constables from the Prohibition of Carrying Weapons Within School Safety Zones, at School Functions, or on School Property; Change Certain Provisions Regarding the Transportation and Carrying of Certain Firearms; Prohibit the Carrying of Firearms and Other Weapons into Certain Buildings; Provide a Definition; Authorize the Carrying of Firearms in Certain Locations; Require the Timely Issuance of Firearm Licenses; Prohibit Certain Employers from Searching the Private Vehicles of Employees; Prohibit Employers from Conditioning Employment Based upon Certain Regulations Regarding the Possession of a Firearm; Provide Exceptions; Provide Certain Immunity for Employers; Provide for Civil Remedies; Provide for the Timely Issuance of Firearms Permits and Licenses; Provide for Remedies for Failure to Receive Firearms Permits or Licenses Under Certain Circumstances; Prohibit the Consumption of Alcoholic Beverages while Carrying a Firearm Under Certain Circumstances; Amend Title 51 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, Relating to Torts, so as to Provide Certain Immunity from Liability for Certain Persons and Entities that Voluntarily and Without Compensation Assist State Agencies During Times of Declared Emergencies; Provide for Related Matters; Repeal Conflicting Laws; and for Other Purposes

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HB 89 revises many of Georgia's gun laws. Under the new law, it is no longer a crime for individuals with a valid firearms license to carry a gun in a public park, on public transportation, or into many restaurants that serve alcohol. For those without a firearms license, but are eligible to receive one, the law expands car carry rights and shortens the timeframes for probate court judges to issue firearms licenses. The law also addresses many other areas of Georgia's code related to gun regulation by criminalizing straw purchases, increasing constable carry rights, and expanding civil tort immunity to organizations working under the direction of a state agency during a state of emergency.

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