This bill now goes to the House floor for a vote.
SB 350 would mandate municipal, county, and state police authorities return all seized firearms, not currently being held as evidence in a criminal investigation, to the lawful owner if able. If the lawful owner is not found or unable to take possession of the firearm, SB 350 would require these agencies to sell these firearms at a public auction to licensed firearms dealers. Current Georgia law allows for seized guns to be immediately destroyed. SB 350 would prevent the wasteful and expensive practice of destroying firearms that could be sold to federally licensed firearms dealers.
During this committee hearing, state Representative Ed Setzler (R-35) proposed an amendment that would allow concealed carry permits from any state to be recognized by the state of Georgia. SB 350 sponsor, state Senator Don Balfour (R-9), also supported this proposed amendment. This NRA-backed amendment would make Georgia the 16th full recognition state and provide greater safety and security for all those traveling through the Peach State.
SB 350 and its approved amendment are expected to go to the House floor for consideration in the next few days. Please contact your state Representative and respectfully urge him or her to vote in SUPPORT of SB 350. Contact information for your state Representative can be found here.
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