Loudermilk introduces new weapons carry bill
by Jason Lowrey
Feb 03, 2013 | 2546 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sen. Barry Loudermilk, R-Cassville, introduced a bill Jan. 30 that would allow 18- to 21-year-olds to apply for a Georgia weapons carry license so long as they have had military training.

The current law only allows those older than 21 to apply for a license.

Senate Bill 74 would wave that requirement for any Georgia resident between the ages of 18 and 20 who has graduated basic military training with any branch of the U.S. military or the Coast Guard and allow them to acquire a carry license.

For Loudermilk, the bill is another way to help veterans returning to Georgia find employment.

“The reason we’re doing that, there’s a lot of jobs available in security, security services, executive protection, private investigation, that type of thing and these guys, most of them are required to carry a gun, especially those that are bodyguards or providing security at events,” Loudermilk said in a previous interview with The Daily Tribune News. “The security firms would like to use guys coming back from Afghanistan. They’re very highly trained — they’ve already been in critical situations.

“These guys, some of them are 19, 20 years old, but we’ve given them fully-automatic weapons and had them patrolling the most dangerous streets in the world where they have to make instant live-or-death decisions, but when they come back home they’re not responsible enough to carry a gun.”

Loudermilk added some security firms had spoken to him and made him aware of the difficulties in hiring experienced veterans who were not allowed to have a weapons carry license.

“There are jobs available in the security industry and private investigation, where employers are seeking to hire these experienced and well disciplined individuals to fill positions. SB74 would open up opportunities like these careers for our returning veterans, who can apply the training and skills they received while serving our country,” Loudermilk said in a press release.

SB 74 is now waiting for an assignment to a committee.