Critics are calling it “the guns everywhere” law and depending on how you see it, it’s either one of the most frightening or one of the most progressive gun laws in the country.
Starting July 1, people in Georgia can bring firearms into bars, libraries, churches and even some government buildings that don’t already have door security. People convicted of certain misdemeanors can now legally get gun permits. Police can no longer stop someone “for the sole purpose of investigating whether such a person has a weapons carry license.”
The law does give businesses, churches and schools the right to say no with a sign or notice. A school board, for example, can vote to prohibit guns.
Georgia’s governor, up for re-election, signed the law with pleasure Wednesday.
“As governor I signed every Second Amendment piece of legislation that has been placed on my desk and today I will put into law a gun bill that heralds self-defense, personal liberties and public safety,” Gov. Nathan Deal said.
There are many supporters in Georgia from all walks of life.
“It’s something that’s long overdue,” Samuel Hayes of Atlanta said. “It’s a tremendous victory for law-abiding citizens.”
“You should still have the right to be able to protect yourself,” another man said.
But across the country, gun control advocates are sounding the alarm.
“To do it in the name of safety? It’s beyond preposterous. It’s tragic,” said Dan Gross President, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. “You know, guns and alcohol don’t mix and yea, that’s one of the most dangerous aspects of this.”