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Posted: 3/8/2006 5:09:31 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/9/2006 3:21:12 AM EDT by five2one]
If I understand correctly, this bill has already been passed by the GA Senate, but is now being considered by the GA House of Representatives. While this is probably going to go through OK, calls, letters, or emails always help. I would make sure you let them know you're a GA resident in his/her district when you call or write.

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HB 1061 - "Georgia Right to Self-defense Act of 2006"
PDF Version
Sponsored By

* (1) Wix,Don 33rd
* (2) Teilhet,Rob 40th
* (3) Porter,DuBose 143rd
* (4) Jamieson,Jeanette 28th
* (5) Powell,Alan 29th
* (6) Black,Ellis 174th

Committees

* HC:JudyNC
* SC:

Current Status
01/24/06 - House Second Readers
First Reader Summary

A BILL to be entitled an Act to create and establish the "Georgia Right to Self-defense Act of 2006"; to amend Article 2 of Chapter 3 of Title 16 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to justification and excuse in criminal prosecutions, so as to provide that under certain circumstances there is no duty to retreat when using force in defense of self or others or in defense of habitation; to create a legal presumption for the reasonable use of force in self-defense cases; to amend Article 1 of Chapter 11 of Title 51 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to general provisions for defenses to tort actions, so as to provide immunity from civil action for the use of force in defense of self or others; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.
Status History
Bill HistoryDate Action
01/23/2006 House First Readers
01/24/2006 House Second Readers

House Bill 1061
By: Representatives Wix of the 33rd, Teilhet of the 40th, Porter of the 143rd, Jamieson of the 28th, Powell of the 29th, and others

A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
AN ACT

To create and establish the "Georgia Right to Self-defense Act of 2006"; to amend Article 2 of Chapter 3 of Title 16 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to justification and excuse in criminal prosecutions, so as to provide that under certain circumstances there is no duty to retreat when using force in defense of self or others or in defense of habitation; to create a legal presumption for the reasonable use of force in self-defense cases; to amend Article 1 of Chapter 11 of Title 51 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to general provisions for defenses to tort actions, so as to provide immunity from civil action for the use of force in defense of self or others; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:

SECTION 1.
This Act shall be known and may be cited as the "Georgia Right to Self-defense Act of 2006."

SECTION 2.
Article 2 of Chapter 3 of Title 16 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to justification and excuse in criminal prosecutions, is amended by striking subsection (a) of Code Section 16-3-21, relating to the use of force in defense of self or others and evidence of belief that force was necessary in murder or manslaughter prosecutions, and inserting in its place a new subsection (a) to read as follows:
"(a) A person is justified in threatening or using force against another and does not have a duty to retreat when and to the extent that he or she reasonably believes that such threat or force is necessary to defend himself or herself or a third person against such otheŕs imminent use of unlawful force; however, except as provided in Code Section 16-3-23, a person is justified in using force which is intended or likely to cause death or great bodily harm only if he or she reasonably believes that such force is necessary to prevent death or great bodily injury to himself or herself or a third person or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony."

SECTION 3.
Said article is amended further by striking Code Section 16-3-23, relating to the use of force in defense of habitation, and inserting in its place a new Code Section 16-3-23 to read as follows:
"16-3-23.
(a) A person is justified in threatening or using force against another and does not have a duty to retreat when and to the extent that he or she reasonably believes that such threat or force is necessary to prevent or terminate such otheŕs unlawful entry into or attack upon a habitation; however, such person is justified in the use of force which is intended or likely to cause death or great bodily harm only if:
(1) The entry is made or attempted in a violent and tumultuous manner and he or she reasonably believes that the entry is attempted or made for the purpose of assaulting or offering personal violence to any person dwelling or being therein and that such force is necessary to prevent the assault or offer of personal violence;
(2) That force is used against another person who is not a member of the family or household and who unlawfully and forcibly enters or has unlawfully and forcibly entered the residence and the person using such force knew or had reason to believe that an unlawful and forcible entry occurred; or
(3) The person using such force reasonably believes that the entry is made or attempted for the purpose of committing a felony therein and that such force is necessary to prevent the commission of the felony.
(b) A person is presumed to have held a reasonable fear of imminent threat of death or serious bodily injury to himself or herself or to another when using defensive force that is intended or likely to cause death or great bodily harm to another if the person against whom the defensive force was used was in the process of unlawfully and forcibly entering or had unlawfully and forcibly entered upon an occupied habitation and the person who uses defensive force knew or had reason to believe that an unlawful and forcible entry was occurring or had occurred."

SECTION 4.
Said article is amended further by striking Code Section 16-3-24.1, relating to defining habitation and personal property, and inserting in its place a new Code Section 16-3-24.1 to read as follows:
"16-3-24.1.
As used in Code Sections 16-3-23 and 16-3-24, the term 'habitation' means any dwelling, motor vehicle, camper or other similar shelter generally used for occupation overnight, or place of business, and 'personal property' means personal property other than a motor vehicle."

SECTION 5.
Article 1 of Chapter 11 of Title 51 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to general provisions for the defenses to tort actions, is amended by striking Code Section 51-11-9, relating to immunity from civil liability for threat or use of force in defense of habitation, and inserting in its place a new Code Section 51-11-9 to read as follows:
"51-11-9.
A person who is justified in threatening or using force against another under the provisions of Code Section 16-3-21 or 16-3-23, relating to the use of force in defense of self or others or defense of a habitation, respectively, shall not be held liable in any civil action brought as a result of the threat or use of such force."

SECTION 6.
All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

Link Posted: 3/9/2006 3:49:51 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/9/2006 5:35:35 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/9/2006 7:06:57 AM EDT
letter sent, email sent, and phone call made.

Don't let this not happen guys keep up pressure to make sure it pass's.


James.
Link Posted: 3/9/2006 4:51:45 PM EDT
It will pass along with the other pro 2nd bill before the General Assembly.

It does not hurt though to keep writing and calling your Representatives and Senators.
Link Posted: 3/9/2006 4:57:29 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Azalin:
It will pass along with the other pro 2nd bill before the General Assembly.

It does not hurt though to keep writing and calling your Representatives and Senators.



Good!, I live in Savannah so I always have to kick my representative and senator in the butt on guns.

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