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Corrections Retirees Can Keep Weapons

A new law will allow it.

Certified employees of the Department of Corrections and Pardons & Paroles will be able to keep their department-issued firearms upon retirement.

House Bill 482 will extend that courtesy to employees who have at least 20 years of service as a certified officer when the new law goes into effect on July 1.

“This legislation provides an opportunity to reward men and women who have served our state honorably and dutifully,” said Gov. Nathan Deal, who signed HB 482 on Thursday at the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association’s annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner.

“These two agencies will now have the same privileges as the Georgia State Patrol and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation when it comes to department-issued weapon retention.”

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