Carrying of Weapons in Courthouses; Disposal of Firearms

This legislation would amend the definition of "courthouse" from all buildings which contain rooms in which judicial proceedings are held to only being the portion of buildings in which superior courts occupy or in which superior court proceedings are held. This revised definition would exclude all other classes of courts, including the Supreme Court of Georgia, the Georgia Court of Appeals, juvenile courts, probate courts, magistrate courts, state courts, and municipal courts. This definition of "courthouse" relates directly to unauthorized locations where people are not allowed to carry weapons and long guns. 

This legislation also amends Georgia law relating to how municipal governments may dispose of firearms. Current law requires municipalities to dispose of firearms through a public bid process to persons who licensed firearms collectors, dealers, importers, or manufacturers under federal law. This legislation would amend such requirement to allow such sales to any person, so long any transfer of the firearm to such person would be through such other persons licensed by federal law. The legislation would also require municipalities to dispose of firearms through this process at least once a year so long as when they have five or more sale-able firearms. If someone attempts to acquire firearms through this process and is unable to do so, this legislation entitles them to an amount equal to actual damages or $100, whichever is greater, in addition to any other available relief. Such person would also be entitled to attorneys' fees. 
Finally, this legislation waives sovereign immunity to any claim, counterclaim, cross-claim, or third-party claim brought by anyone who tries to acquire a firearm through such bidding process. 

 

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