Current through 2023-2024 Legislative Session Chapter 353
Section 16-10-33 - Removal or attempted removal of weapon from public official; punishment(a) For the purposes of this Code section, the term "firearm" shall include stun guns and tasers. A stun gun or taser is any device that is powered by electrical charging units such as batteries and emits an electrical charge in excess of 20,000 volts or is otherwise capable of incapacitating a person by an electrical charge.(b) It shall be unlawful for any person knowingly to remove or attempt to remove a firearm, chemical spray, or baton from the possession of another person if: (1) The other person is lawfully acting within the course and scope of employment; and(2) The person has knowledge or reason to know that the other person is employed as: (A) A peace officer as defined in paragraph (8) of Code Section 35-8-2;(B) An employee with the power of arrest by the Department of Corrections;(C) An employee with the power of arrest by the State Board of Pardons and Paroles;(D) A community supervision officer or other employee with the power of arrest by the Department of Community Supervision;(E) A jail officer or guard by a county or municipality and has the responsibility of supervising inmates who are confined in a county or municipal jail or other detention facility; or(F) A juvenile correctional officer by the Department of Juvenile Justice and has the primary responsibility for the supervision and control of youth confined in such department's programs and facilities.(c) Any person who violates subsection (b) of this Code section shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by imprisonment for not less than one nor more than five years or a fine of not more than $10,000.00, or both.(d) A violation of this Code section shall constitute a separate offense. A sentence imposed under this Code section may be imposed separately from and consecutive to or concurrent with a sentence for any other offense related to the act or acts establishing the offense under this Code section.Amended by 2015 Ga. Laws 73,§ 5-23, eff. 7/1/2015.Amended by 2011 Ga. Laws 120,§ 1, eff. 7/1/2011.Amended by 2001 Ga. Laws 2, § 16, eff. 2/12/2001.