Gun Laws in Georgia

Gun Laws

Firearms can be a very dangerous tool in the hands of the wrong person. Every state has their own gun laws and regulations. For the state of Georgia, the laws are pretty straight forward and easy to abide by. Before you get charged for unlawful gun possession, you want to make sure that you are aware of and understand the laws of your state.
By RKirkcaldy
By RKirkcaldy
Purchasing and Possessing Firearms

When purchasing firearms in Georgia, you do not need a permit.

You must be at least 18 years old to purchase an possess a firearm, unless you meet one of the following criterion and a parent or legal guardian furnishes the firearm:

You are attending a hunter’s education or firearm safety course.
You are engaging in practice or target shooting at an established shooting range.
You are engaging in organized competition or practicing for performance by a groups organized under 26 U.S.C. 501.
You are hunting or fishing with a valid license and you are engaging in legal hunting or fishing and have permission of the land owner, at which time you can carry a loaded pistol or revolver, open and exposed.
When you are traveling from any of the above activities, but the gun must be unloaded.
If you are on the properly under the control of a parent or legal guardian with the permission of the parent or guardian to possess the gun.
The above exceptions do not apply to any minor who has been convicted of a forcible crime.

You cannot purchase, possess, carry, transfer, or receive a firearm if you:

Have been convicted of a felony.
Have been convicted of any crime against or involving another person
Have been convicted of theft from a building or a vehicle.
Have been convicted of any crime involving possession, manufacture, delivery, distribution, dispensing, administering, selling, or possession with the intent to distribute any controlled substance.
Have been convicted of any crime involving the trafficking of cocaine, marijuana, or illegal drugs.

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Carrying Firearms

You cannot carry any firearm, whether openly or concealed, without a license to carry a firearm. With any rule or law, there are exceptions, as stated below.

The exceptions to carry a gun or concealable firearm without a license includes:

Carrying a firearm, openly or concealed, in your own home or place of business.
Transporting a firearm that is unloaded and in an enclosed case, separated from ammunition as long as you are allowed to legally obtain a firearm.
Transporting a loaded firearm in a private vehicle as long as it is carried openly and fully exposed or is in the glove compartment console or a similar compartment.
Carrying a firearm while hunting, fishing, or sport shooting, as long as you have written permission from the land owner and as long as the handgun is carried in a fully exposed manner.

For more information about applying for a firearm license in the state of Georgia and who qualifies for a firearm license, you will want to check out Applying for a Gun License in Georgia.
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Places You Cannot Carry a Firearm

Public Gatherings. It is a misdemeanor offense to carry a licensed, or unlicensed, firearm at public events, including: sporting events, church functions, political functions, publicly owned and operated buildings (Federal, state, or local government buildings), or any event where alcohol is sold.

You can carry licensed firearms at malls, stores, financial institutions, and other places open to the public.

School Property and Functions. It is a felony offense to carry a licensed, or unlicensed, firearm on to or within 1,000 feet of any property owned or leased by any public or private elementary school, secondary school, or school board that is used for elementary or secondary education. It is also unlawful to carry firearms on to or within 1,000 feet of the campus of any public or private technical school, vocational school, college, university, or institution of post secondary education.

Nuclear Power Facility. It is a misdemeanor offense to carry, possess, or have a firearm whether licensed or not under your control while on premises of a nuclear power plant. Exceptions include firearms in use for official duties or training.

Public Transportation. It is a felony offense to carry or attempt to carry a firearm on any form of public transportation, whether a commercial airline, rail vehicle, or bus. It is considered hijacking in the state of Georgia to do so, and it does not matter if you have a license or not. This does not apply to privately owned airline, rail vehicles, or buses.

*It is now legal to carry firearms with the appropriate concealed weapons permit on public transportation.

State parks, historic sites, and recreational areas. This applies to any park, historic site, and recreational area that is operated by, for, or under the control of the Department of Natural Resources. You cannot carry a loaded firearm on the premises. You can, however, carry an unloaded firearm that is not easily accessible, meaning it must be stored, as long as you have the permission of the commissioner of natural resources or his authorized representative. If you are caught with a loaded firearm or an unloaded firearm without permission, you will be asked to leave and charged and arrested for criminal trespass.

*It is now legal to carry firearms with the appropriate concealed weapons permit in public parks.
Guns in Restaurants in Georgia

In the most current bill that has passed, the legislature allows you to carry firearms into restaurants that serve alcohol or carry on to public transportation, as long as you have a concealed weapons permit.

Although Governor Perdue was urged to veto the bill in the state of Georgia, he signed the bill to allow firearms in restaurants, as long as the weapon is visible and the restaurant allows it. The bill also says that you can carry a concealed weapon on public transportation and in public parks.

Many people are against the bill; their position is that carrying guns into places that sell alcohol, on to any public transportation, and in state parks increases the risk of deadly situations. You don’t need official training to obtain a firearm permit, there is no guarantee that the person with the gun knows how to properly use the firearm.

How to Buy a Firearm in the State of Virginia

By Joan Whetzel

The US Constitution allows the ownership of guns by private citizens and Federal law provides strict guidelines under which a citizen can purchase those firearms. However, each state has the right to create their own laws and requirements for the purchase of firearms as long as they work jointly with Federal law. The Virginia Firearms Transaction Program (VFTP) was enacted in 1989 to regulate firearms purchases in the State of Virginia.

Eligibility for Firearm Purchase in Virginia

To be eligible for a firearms purchase in the State of Virginia, a person must fit into these requirements. A violation of any of these guidelines could prevent the person from legally obtaining a firearm in the State of Virginia.

Must not be under indictment for a felony offense.
Must not be the subject of a felony or misdemeanor arrest warrant in any State.
Must not have been an adjudicated delinquent as a juvenile (14 years or older at the time of the offense) of an act that would be a felony when committed by an adult; this applies to anyone who is currently 28 years old or younger.
Must not have been adjudicated as a juvenile (14 years or older at the time of the offense) for the offenses of murder, kidnapping, rape, or armed robbery; this makes the person ineligible for gun ownership regardless of current age, unless the Governor of Virginia permits a restoration of rights.
Must not have been convicted of a misdemeanor punishable by more than two years.
Must not have an outstanding protective order or restraining order that involves a spouse, former spouse, a person with whom the person shares children in common, or someone with whom the person cohabited as an intimate partner.
Must not be addicted to or an unlawful use of illegal or prescription drugs such as marijuana, depressants, stimulants, narcotics, or controlled substances. The Federal Gun Control Act defines addicted persons and unlawful users as anyone who has been convicted for use or possession of a controlled substance within the past year, or anyone found through drug testing to use controlled substances unlawfully within the last year.
Must not have been acquitted by reason of insanity or adjudicated as legally incompetent, mentally incapacitated, or incapacitated.
Must not have been involuntarily admitted to a facility or involuntarily ordered to attend outpatient treatment mental health treatment.
Must not have been the subject of a temporary detention order, followed by a voluntary admission for mental health treatment.
Must not have been dishonorably discharged from the Armed Forces.
Must not be an illegal alien or a nonimmigrant alien in the United States (with the exception of hunting licenses).
Must not have renounced one’s status as a US Citizen.
Must not have been convicted of domestic violence involving the use, threat of, or attempted use of physical force committed against a current or former spouse, parent, guardian of the victim, when person convicted is the person who shares the child in common, a person who cohabits or cohabited with the victim as a souse, parent, or guardian.
Must not have been convicted under Virginia Law of 2 misdemeanors within 36 months, for possession of controlled substance, possession of marijuana, or any offense involving synthetic marijuana within the past 5 years. This applies to the purchase of handguns only.

General Rules and Laws for Firearms Purchase in Virginia

Virginia Law prescribes the following laws and regulations for the purchase of a firearm.

No permits required to own or purchase single handgun, rifle, or shotgun in Virginia. However, a permit is required for the purchase of more than one handgun in a month, and machine guns must be registered.
Acceptable forms of identification required to purchase firearms in Virginia include an active driver’s lease, a recently paid property tax bill or real estate tax bill for an existing address of residence, a recent utility bill, a recent, cancelled bank check, a recent vehicle registration, and a recent hunting or fishing license.
Birth certificates and a social security cards will not be accepted as a form of identification.
Consent form must be filled out truthfully. Lying on the consent form is considered a punishable offense.
Non-residents may not purchase a firearm in Virginia until a state police approval report has been received by the seller or until 10 days have passed since the application was accepted.
Virginia state law prohibits purchase of firearms by anyone legally incompetent or mentally incapacitated.
Virginia state law prohibits the purchase of firearms by any person convicted of a felony unless they have had their rights restored by the Governor.
Virginia state law prohibits the purchase of a firearm by any person involved in a protective order for domestic abuse and/or stalking.
Virginia state law requires a Concealed Handgun Permit in order for a person to carry a concealed handgun.
Federal law prohibits the purchase of firearms by fugitives from justice, anyone dishonorably discharged from the Armed Forces, anyone who has renounced their citizenship, and illegal aliens.
Firearms may be carried openly except where firearms are prohibited by law (e.g. anyplace that sells liquor, schools).
Individuals must be at least 21 years of age to purchase a firearm, though there is no minimum age limit to purchase ammunition.

Laws Regarding the Private Sale of Handguns in Any State

In a private sale of a handgun, the seller must obtain the name and address of the buyer, and keep records of the make, model, and serial number of the gun sold. Both the seller and buyer must be residents of the State where the transaction occurs. Firearms located at the scene of a crime will be traced back to the last known purchaser through the gun shop that sold it. Another option is to sell the gun by placing in on consignment with a licensed gun dealer. That person must be able to prove that the gun was sold and who it was sold to if he or she wishes to stay out of trouble.

Steps for Purchasing a Firearm in Virginia

To purchase a firearm legally in the State of Virginia:

Visit a licensed and registered firearms dealer, and be ready to prove you are of minimum age to purchase the firearm. Bring along at least 2 forms of acceptable identification required for the purchase of a firearm. The main form of identification will be a valid driver’s license and the ancillary identification must match the information provided on the driver’s license.
Decide which firearm you wish to purchase. Apply for Multiple Handgun Purchase Certificate with the Virginia State Police prior to the purchase of more than one handgun within a month.
Be advised that a consent to perform a background check must be agreed to and a form signed prior to the completion of the sale.
A small processing fee is required for the purchase process – it is slightly lower for Virginia residents than for non-residents.
The dealer will enter the purchaser’s information into the computerized National Instant Background Check System (NICS) or will call NICS directly. In as little as 2 minutes, the gun dealer will have access to all state and national criminal databases.

If the background check passes and the purchase is approved, the firearms purchase is completed. Failure to get approval, however, doesn’t mean an automatic denial of purchase. It simply means that the purchase will be delayed until a further review of the purchaser’s profile can be accomplished.

How to Get a Firearms ID Card / License in Guam


in the last survey of 2002, only 14% of Guam residents own a firearm. Getting a Firearms ID card in Guam allows the purchase and ownership of firearms on the island of Guam. The process is complicated, long, expensive and downright annoying. It will cost you a whopping $124 when it’s all done!!! If you have the guts, the patience and the cash to take on this challenge; here is the process to get it done.
Things to Consider Before Starting

Are you 18 years old?
Are you a legal US citizen?
Do you have a criminal record or does someone have a restraining order out on you?
Do you have a major mental/physical condition?

Many of these things can disqualify you from getting a firearms ID, and you can waste a lot of money applying.

Make sure to ask the local Guam Police Department if you would like to learn about firearm safety. Make sure you know how to safely store/transport/maintain/use a firearm.
Make sure you actually have a reason to own a gun, a gun is a big responsibility.
Make sure that you look up local regulation on what guns calibers/accessories are legal in Guam. If you are unsure about any gun laws, again, please contact the Guam Police Department.

What You Will Need

Shall complete the Guam Firearms ID Application
Must be a U.S. Citizen;
Certified Birth Certificate with a Photo ID Card; AND a Social Security Card; OR
A valid U.S. Passport; AND a Social Security Card; OR
A Naturalization Certificate AND a Social Security Card.
Provide a $47.00 Money Order or Personal Check made payable to the “Superior Court of Guam”. This fee is for the FBI Background Check (and will be sent to Washington D.C. for Identification Records Check) and must be made in this form of payment ONLY (Money Order or Cashier’s Check)
Complete two (2) fingerprint cards AND must be filled out neatly and in BLACK INK ONLY. Fingerprint processing will be administered by the Guam Police Department Records and ID Section. There is a $34.00 USC fee for fingerprinting.
$43.00 USC Application fee due upon the arrival of approved FBI results.

Other Informations to Consider

You must have all certified documents that are required to support any name changes such as a Marriage Certificate, Divorce Decree, Adoption Decree, etc…
The Records and ID Section claims the wait time for results from FBI is 10 working days. In reality it will take 1-2 months. They will not call you to tell you it is complete. You will have to call them periodically to find out if it is done. I suggest calling once a week after 2 weeks.
Firearm Identifications cards are valid for 3 years.
If you want a copy of your ID they will charge you a fee of $43.00 will be assessed for copies of all firearm identification cards.

Where to get a firearms license

1st Floor of the ITC Building, Suite 131

Hours of operation are:
8:00am – 3:00 pm for Firearms Identification Card Processing (First Time Applicants or Renewing Applicants requiring Fingerprinting).
8:00am – 5:00pm Firearms Identification Processing (Renewing Applicants NOT Requiring Fingerprinting).

Contact numbers are:

To get to the Records and ID Section on Guam just go to the ITC Building in Tamuning. This is near the GPO Mall. It is in the same building as House of Brutus. Go in the double doors to the right of House of Brutus and it is on your left, past the coffee shop.

Records and ID Section
590 South Marine Corps Drive
ITC Bldg. 1st Floor Suite 131
Tamuning, Guam 96913

Automatic Airsoft Guns For The True Skirmisher

Some people want to rip the competition apart and buy automatic electric guns (AEGs), while some buy them because they love firearms and want to get their hands on truly classic and authentic, working replicas various guns. No matter what your preference be, the minute you log into a reliable airsoft website you will find the perfect weapon that you are looking for. There are guns to suit every taste, budget and speed. You can get the WWII replica guns that will have old-timers reminiscing about the olden days and the more advanced and sophisticated weapons are sure to have the young at heart wanting for more.

In order to winnow down all the options, what is required is a bit of patience and an understanding about what you want. The bright spot is that looking for and buying Airsoft weapons is not a difficult task. You simply have to log in to one of the numerous Airsoft sites, sift through the catalogues and riffle through all the varieties available there and then pick the weapon/weapons that suit your fancy. Those who already have automatic Airsoft guns can get information about upgrading, maintenance and accessories as well. Also, when it comes to automatic Airsoft guns, the range is so expansive that settling for just one will be the most difficult task.

There are some people who will go for high-tech while others prefer simplicity and classic styles. They can opt for simple rifles. These have always been very popular and topped the firearm list for years now. And Airsoft does not disappoint on any count. You can get solid and sturdy steel-and-wood replica weapons that can hold 70 rounds and have muzzle speeds of more than 330 fps. On the other hand, you might want to settle for something more classic and traditional, like the dazzling replicas of German machine pistols.

What you buy is really up to you and will depend largely on your personal choice and your budget. No matter why you eventually opt for, the mechanized action is sure to provide you all the thrill and excitement you are look for in combat games and skirmishes. The advantage and edge that these weapons will give you are another plus. You can buy automatic Airsoft guns, accessories and all the ammo you need for your practice sessions as well as games and competition that you are going to participate in. Many sites will cater to all kinds of requirements and will sell cheap electric Airsoft guns along with the high-end rippers.

The trend for buying these guns is on the rise and hundreds of airsoft fans are added to the community every single day. The good part about an increased fan base for any product is that its price will also reduce, to a certain degree. Airsoft skirmishers who have been waiting for a good break to buy a weapon of their choice that was too expensive can opt to buy discounted weaponry. Cheap electric Airsoft guns are not second grade ones. It’s just that new models tend to be more expensive when they are launched and the ones in the same range tend to be cheaper once thousands have already been manufactured.

The Skinny On Federal Firearms License

Upon trying to acquire your Federal Firearms License, you’ll undoubtedly run into an assortment of acronyms, definitions, and legal terms. At first glance, the chore of getting one can look insurmountable, only it’s not. Don’t let this be a handicap. While deep as these rules look, when you acquaint yourself with the language and basic themes behind them, gaining a license gets much easier. With that in mind, let’s discuss the NFA and the kinds of arms addressed by it.

While dealing with firearms, you’ll often see the term NFA firearms or NFA weapons. It means the National Firearms Act and is a law that was enacted in 1934. Not merely does this law address mandatory registration of all Title 2 weapons, it mandates an excise tax on the manufacture and sale or transfer of these arms. Another significant aspect of this law is that it mandates that any transfer of Title 2 weapons across state lines is to be accounted to the Department of Justice.

So what are Title 2 weapons? Well, in the eyes of the authorities, there are 2 types of weapons–Title I and Title II. Title I arms are principally rifles, shotguns, and handguns. Title II weapons are machine guns, mufflers, short barreled shotguns, short barreled rifles, and the any other weapon category. One usual misconception concerning Title 2 weapons are that they’re ofttimes called class 3 weapons. This is incorrect; there’s no class 3 weapon. Class 3 refers to the class 3 SOT, a certain class of permit that’s required to become a trader of NFA firearms.

Now that you know a bit about the NFA, and the 2 kinds of weapons, let’s see a little closer at the Title 2 weapons that are addressed by the NFA.

Machine gun–This is any gun with the power to fire more than one cartridge from a single trigger draw. Also admitted inside this class are the pieces that constitute a machine gun.

Short barreled shotgun, (SBS)–This admits any smooth bore shotgun with a barrel of less than 18″ or an overall length of less than 26″.

Short barreled rifle, (SBR)–Often like the Short barreled shotgun, the short barreled rifle is any rifled bore firearm that’s an overall length of less than 26″, or an overall barrel length of less than 16″.

Silencers–These admit any devices or pieces that are configured to hush, mute, or disguise the sound by whatsoever portable firearm.

Destructive Device, (DD)–This class covers 2 separate classes. The 1st addresses grenades or volatile devices, poison gas weapons, or bombs and inflammatory devices. The 2nd class handles large bore, non-sporting firearms. By definition anything that’s not applied for sporting with a caliber over 1/2″ falls into this category.

Any other Weapons (AOW)–This class is for weapons and pieces that don’t fit former classes. It traverses whatever shoulder fired weapon with a barrel length between 12″-18″. These might be either smooth or rifled bore. It similarly covers unrifled handguns, cane and pen guns.

This is only a general overview and shouldn’t be thought as definitive. Whenever you’re in doubt or require particular resolves, correspond straightaway with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Their technology branch can definitively resolve any of your inquiries.

Walther P22 With A Factory Laser: Fun Factor 10

The Walther P22 is among the most fun target pistol to shoot. It’s small, fires an inexpensive round and has the ability to accept various attachments and accessories. Of all the accessories available, the factory laser sight will deliver the most enjoyment for your money.

With a price tag of roughly $300, the Walther P22 is a tremendously fun firearm to target shoot. It’s accurate, compact and fits comfortably into large and small hands alike making it an ideal pistol to introduce youngsters to the sport of target shooting. If the stellar looks of the P22 don’t sell even the most skeptical newcomers, adding a laser sight to the mix is sure to get them to give it a shot – no pun intended.

There are a few different laser sights on the market specifically designed for the Walther P22 ranging from high-end units that produce a green laser to low-end units that produce a red laser and clip precariously to the front of the P22’s trigger guard. The lower-end units are recommended because they’re often hard to see and they don’t hold their settings very well after repeated shots. These lasers wouldn’t make the best impression on a new shooter.

The high-end green lasers are great. They’re well made, maintain sight settings well and the green dot that they produce is often visible even in direct sunlight at distances of 30 feet or more. The downside is that they carry a price tag of about $200 depending on where you buy it.

The middle of the road option that many Walther P22 owners have gone with is the factory laser sight by Walther. It only costs about half as much as the green lasers and it comes with almost all the benefits. The only difference, of course, is that the factory laser produces a red laser beam instead of a green one. However, the factory laser’s dot is much more visible than the one produces by the low-end products.

Being designed by Walther, it’s no surprise that the factory laser attaches to the P22 so perfectly it’s virtually indistinguishable from the rest of the pistol. It sits snuggly on the pistol’s rails just in front of the trigger guard and doesn’t over hand the frame at all. The factory laser turns an already accurate, fun pistol into a plinking machine that even a new shooter can use to pick-off small targets at 30 feet or more.

The appeal of the laser, besides its cool looks, is that it makes hitting the target a lot easier than with standard fixed sites and it adds another dimension to the target shooting experience. If you’ve got or are thinking about purchasing a Walther P22, do yourself a favor and pick up a factory laser sight as well.

3 Tips to Firearms Cleaning

For some people, firearms are cool, stylish, and robust. However in reality, they can be potentially very dangerous to have at home. You may wish to have one for personal defense or simply out of the interest factor, but this is something that costs much. Firearms are indeed expensive items, but for Federal Firearms License holders, these are available online at 30% below the retail price. This is one major privilege that FFL license holders have over unlicensed people.

Since you are going to spend a handsome amount of money in buying firearm(s); therefore, you must be in a position to actually take care of this weapon. As per the type of firearm you purchase, there will be differences in designs and features. In order to make sure that you clean it properly, you are supposed to refer the manufacturer’s instructions that you can find in the owner’s manual. However, as general and basic requirements, the following tips can help you a lot.

Remove Powder Residues

You should clean your firearm regularly in order to remove the deposits that decrease the firearm’s efficiency of operation. All the working parts and also the exterior must be free of carbon, brass, lead, copper, or other metal particles. In case you do not remove the residue, the firearm is highly likely to start malfunctioning and wearing out ahead of time. Besides, metal particles also rust the firearm if not removed for long. A general cleaning is recommended after each use, whereas detailed cleaning is to be made at regular intervals.

Oiling and Lubrication

Oils and lubricants can be thought of as having nutritious value for firearms. Their proper functioning can be guaranteed if they are regularly lubricated. Metal parts of firearms tend to corrode in the absence of lubricants and presence of powder residues. Therefore, once you are done with cleaning the metal deposits from certain parts, it is now time to apply oil and lubricants all over metal components.

Apply Grease

Grease is much more viscous than oil. While oil can be best for metal components, grease is preferred for sliding parts of the firearm. This is rather a new finding, which is not really practiced across firearms owners. However, gunsmiths recommend greasing the sliding parts to protect them from harmful environmental exposure. Since sliding parts move back and forth, they can’t hold oil for long; thus, grease tends to be comparatively more effective.

Since you are going to spend a handsome amount of money in buying firearm(s); therefore, you must be in a position to actually take care of this weapon.

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How to Buy and Sell Firearms in the USA – Things to Consider As a Gun Merchant

One of the most lucrative business in the USA today is the firearms business. Not only because Americans have always been obsessed with guns but because with this business you know you will have returning customers. People who buy firearms also need ammo and other gun parts or materials, so they will return to your gun store if you treat them as professionally as possible (true merchant).

In order to acquire a firearms license (also called FFL), that is the license to buy and sell guns, you need to file your application to the United States Department of Justice – Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (also called ATF).

After you submit your FFL application it might take 6-7 weeks before your application is reviewed and processed by the ATF. If everything goes according to plan and all the requirements are met, then your application will be accepted and stored.

Finally you will be issued your firearms license and you are ready to buy and sell guns from then on. The basic license costs around $200 for the first 3 years as of writing this (pretty cheap). Then it’s around $100 for every 3 years.

Let’s see some important notices that you should consider before applying for gun merchant and file your FFL application:

1. First of all you must intend to start a firearms business before applying. The ATF officers will easily identify whether you truly want to engage to this business or not.

2. After you send your application, an ATF officer will contact you so you better watch for their call. It is important to get a good recommendation from them.

3. While in business, every single firearms transaction must be recorded and you are responsible for the integrity of the records (required by law).

4. The ATF has the right to access your transaction records (required by law)

5. The ATF will notify other authorities about your FFL application.

6. USA States might have certain laws that require extra licenses or/and permits to obtain an FFL. You must always have a good knowledge of the State laws governing the firearms industry.

7. You should consider other firearms business requirements as required by State laws. For example collection of sales taxes, zoning restrictions, cash bonds, liability insurance etc. Also, that you will be required to provide genuine fingerprints and pay an application fee to the ATF.

To avoid denial of your FFL application make sure it is perfectly completed (you might need some expert advice on that).

If successful, you will acquire the firearms license and become an FFL Holder. And you can begin selling guns.

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Apple and Microsoft unholster new gun emojis

SAN FRANCISCO: Apple and Microsoft on Friday appeared to be aiming in opposite directions with freshly unholstered gun emojis.
Image via Apple
Image via Apple
A pistol character included among glyphs for messages sent using coming iOS 10 software powering Apple mobile devices looked like a toy instead of a real firearm.

New emojis teased by Apple in a blog post included women athletes, single parents, a rainbow flag, and a green water pistol. California-based Apple promised that more than 100 new or redesigned emoji characters will be available to iPhone and iPad users when iOS 10 software is released later this year.

Apple billed it as “an exciting update” with emojis that “reflect the diversity of people everywhere.”

Apple did not respond to an AFP request for comment regarding the apparent decision to make a gun emoji that appeared less menacing than the real thing. It remained unclear whether Apple made the change in response to recent high-profile episodes of gun violence, as some theorize.

While the change was welcomed by groups devoted to preventing gun violence, it provoked online backlash by those unhappy with the move.

“I have never seen an emoji change so poorly received,” founder Jeremy Burge said in a blog post.

“And this isn’t even in the hands of most people yet.”

Meanwhile, a Windows operating system update rolled out this week by Microsoft came with a pistol emoji changed from a cartoonish ray gun to a revolver. Microsoft said in a blog post that it had a team design new emojis from scratch for the major Windows 10 anniversary update.

“They needed to feel more human, more personal, more expressive,”

Microsoft said in the post devoted to the new array of ‘glyphs’ that have become a standard for mobile messaging.

“The effect is clear, and pretty striking.”

A Microsoft spokesperson told AFP that the company’s intent with every glyph is to “map to industry designs or our customers’ expectations” regarding what emojis mean.

Apple’s toy gun emoji, if it isn’t changed before the official release of iOS 10, would break from more realistic looking glyphs offered by major messaging platforms.

Discussion gives greater momentum to eradication of rural crime

A meeting between Agri SA and police management gave further momentum to police initiatives to eradicate crime in rural farming areas. The good working relationship between the two organisations provided the cornerstone for the discussion of practical suggestions on how to progress with various strategies to deal with crime issues and to ensure continuous collaboration and cooperation.
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An inclusive rural safety strategy

The initiative by police management to host a rural safety summit was welcome by Agri SA. The Acting National Commissioner emphasised the importance of agriculture and the role that the farming community plays in food production. Therefore, it is necessary that this community should be protected so that they can continue with production, he said.

Both organisations agreed that the Rural Safety Strategy supported by sector policing and reservist are crucial to deal with rural crime and has been hailed as an inclusive strategy. Agri SA requested police to focus their attention to the operationalisation of the strategy and that commanders should adhere to instructions in this regard. The announcement by police that in the longer term a rural police component will be established to deal with rural crime is in line with Agri SA’s recommendations and, therefore, welcomed.

Reservist system and police resources

A call was made to police management to enhance the roll-out of the reservist system in all provinces as this is an important force multiplier together with farm watches to stabilise rural farming areas. Mention was made of some criteria of the system, which may be too stringent for recruits to adhere to and these should be reviewed.

Agri SA raised its concerns regarding the resources available to Public Order Police Units to deal with possible farm invasions while they also have to attend to numerous violent protest actions. The police acknowledge these concerns and said that an additional amount of money was made available to increase this unit’s human capacity and other resources.

The announcement by the Acting National Commissioner that crime related statistics will in future be made available on a quarterly basis is encouraging and that will assist police to identified problem areas and to introduce the necessary measures to deal with those areas.

Back to basics

Stock theft and the impact it has on livestock farmers was discussed and Agri SA recommended to police that all vacant positions in stock theft units should be filled with competent members as soon as possible. The strict application of the Stock Theft Act is necessary and police management was requested to shorten the turnaround time of vehicles, which are to be repaired and serviced.

The renewal process of firearm licenses was tabled and Agri SA was informed that the police are busy looking at possible amendments to the act. Agri SA was encouraged to provide the police with suggestions in this regard.

The police undertook to deal with Agri SA’s recommendations and decide how it could be implemented. It was further agreed that Agri SA will be incorporated in various focus groups to discuss shortcomings in the Rural Safety Strategy and how policing models could be adjusted to combat rural crime based on the police’s Back-to-Basics Strategy. As a way forward, Agri SA will be hosting a strategic session at the end of the month, where the discussions with the police will form the basis of developing practical guidelines for the organisation to deal with this issue, which will be presented to its congress in October 2016.