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New Law Allows Georgia Residents to Carry Guns in Churches, Schools and Bars!

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  • Center Left
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    Denton, TX
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    A new law just passed by the state of Georgia and signed by Republican Governor Nathan Deal that allows for licensed gun owners to carry firearms into bars, some government buildings and places of worship, if religious leaders approve. Also under the new law, school districts would be able to allow some employees to carry firearms, under certain conditions, if they so choose to.

    New law allows Georgia residents to carry guns in churches, schools, bars

    Wow! I'm not sure what to say.. this is ridiculous. I am all for guns being legal. I'm even of the opinion that you should be able to carry one in your vehicle and a few other places, if properly licensed and trained. But not in bars. C'mon Georgia, a room full of intoxicated Georgians freely allowed to arm themselves? You don't see a problem with this? No way it could get out of hand? This will produce a blow-back. People will get hurt.

    You could make a successful argument that guns allow a person to protect themselves, their homes, their family and their property. But, allowing folks to carry in bars is a recipe for disaster! Not to mention government buildings, schools and churches?!? I fail to see the logic here... Again, I am all for personal freedom. And I am sure that they see this as a great 2nd amendment win for the state. But this is a bad idea.. I hope no one gets hurt because of this.
  • Center Left
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    Along with bars, nightclubs, churches, and schools... I forgot to mention airports! That's right, the busiest airport in the world is in Georgia (Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport), and I guess its now okay to carry a gun around in there. I'm at a loss... As this story is still breaking, I don't think the full extent to where you can carry is out just yet. But, from the headlines that are breaking, they are calling it the 'gun everywhere' law. The only place I have seen that you for sure can't carry under this law is in the State Capitol building. I wonder if grocery stores, movie theaters, malls, convention centers, motels, hotels, etc are fair game too? I assume that they are.

    The bill also reduced the required age to obtain a gun permit to 18.
  • Other Party
    Nebraska
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    sb I think you may be overreacting just a little.

    I am not defending Georgia or their lawmakers, but...Amc posted on a different thread a couple of days ago on this very subject and said that "any public place can "OPT OUT" " meaning that guns would not be allowed in lots of those churches, libraries, movie theaters, and yes, even the big, busy airports.

    We all know that all the guns laws and restrictions will not stop certain people from carrying those guns to all kinds of places. More restrictive or less restrictive laws only count to law abiding citizens. The criminals do not care and never have and never will.

    If Amc's post is true, I would expect that many of them WILL "opt out".

    So, it may not be quite as bad as you make it sound.
  • Center Left
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    Fair enough. I did also read that part about opting out. And I think that is true. But, I am still stunned by Governor Deal and company for passing such an irresponsible piece of legislation. Even if they CAN opt out, some won't. And it is now officially law and on the books forever (until overturned) so at any time in the future that airport or any church can change their minds, with full legality. I guess the post is more on the bill itself. I do hope this is an over-hyped story that will amount to little change in actual reality. But, as it stands, the law is law. Will be interesting to see what percentage opts-out, who doesn't, and how it all plays out.
  • Liberal
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    You will never catch me in a church in Georgia;)
  • Other Party
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    pgr I don't think we'll catch you in a church OR in Georgia!

    Maybe a wedding or something of that sort, but not a church service.

    Right?
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    pr Wrote: You will never catch me in a church in Georgia;)
    Anyway, I think things are moving in the right direction; may be over ten years less churches, less people, less travelling people; Wow; quiet and room to live. Love this country!! Pls, promote me to be a "god"!!
  • Liberal
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    Llos Angeles, CA
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    Rednecks and guns together in a bar???? I can't wait
  • Liberal
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    Durham, NH
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    Armed redneck Christians together anywhere - TROUBLE! At least they (the Christians) won't be bringing their guns to bars because drink is an evil sin as we all know.
  • Democrat
    Missouri
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    "Breaking News", Redneck Georgians shot and killed two travelers on the highway and delivered them to the local Sheriff's Office in the back of their pickup like dead animals. The Rednecks explain that they were threatened by the travelers making fun of their beat-up truck, so they protected their property.

    Ok, maybe it isn't true, but I can sure see this happening. The wise choice would be for all of America to stay out of Georgia, including sports and businesses and conference groups. Although, the NRA will love the singular exposure.

    Georgia just replaced the number one state as "Arm-Pit of America".
  • Center Left
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    I think there is an outdated law that is still on books in Georgia that states something along the lines of "It's illegal to attend church without a loaded rifle." It dates back to when Georgia was a penal colony. I looked for it for a little bit but couldn't find anything so it just might be a rumor.

    As for the laws. I'm fine with the allowing the gun in bars. I believe the wording of the law states that each establishment can make a decision on whether or not it allows guns. Living in Texas, I just assume every drunk around me in a bar has a gun just outside in their car.

    As for churches, same thing. Each church will get to decide, which I'm okay with. Though the idea of armed superstitious people who talk to an imaginary friend is slightly more unsettling than armed drunks it's hard getting around the fact that 80% of the population claim to be superstitious people who talk to imaginary friend(s).

    As for schools, no, I can't get behind this. I'm assuming this law applies to only adults. I'm assuming that children would not be allowed to carry on campus. So I'm going to respond based on that assumption. I would be okay with people keeping a weapon in their car when they are at school, but not carrying them inside. People, as a rule, are idiots. Which means that younger people, with less experience, with new levels of hormones rushing through their bodies are even bigger idiots. I see no reason to keep guns around huge populations of them.
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    AmcmurryFreedom Wrote: "Breaking News", Redneck Georgians shot and killed two travelers on the highway and delivered them to the local Sheriff's Office in the back of their pickup like dead animals. The Rednecks explain that they were threatened by the travelers making fun of their beat-up truck, so they protected their property.

    Ok, maybe it isn't true, but I can sure see this happening. The wise choice would be for all of America to stay out of Georgia, including sports and businesses and conference groups. Although, the NRA will love the singular exposure.

    Georgia just replaced the number one state as "Arm-Pit of America".
    Really? You can honestly see this happening?
  • Democrat
    Georgia
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    This issue isn't surprising. The Governor of Georgia worked hard on passing this law, which he felt was important. People needing jobs and government benefits isn't important. The way he responded to the snow storm wasn't important, but guns being able to be carried in public institutions with consent is important. Sorry that I'm off topic but to me the issue isn't carrying the gun to these places. Most of these places won't approve, but the irresponsible people that's going to carry it to these places anyway. This law will hurt more than it helps.
  • Independent
    Mobile, AL
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    Alabama recently had a proposed law to allow anyone to carry a loaded gun in their vehicle...even without a license. Law enforcement officials in the state took to making TV commercials explaining why this was a bad idea. The bill was defeated, but I have complete faith that we will see it again next year. There seems to be a competition to see which 'red' state can pass the dumbest laws regarding gun control. I really hope that more national organizations use their power to influence the state legislatures...after all, we recently saw that the NFL trumps God in Arizona...maybe it will work for gun control too. Just think of the response if Nascar took a stand against the 'stand your ground' states???
  • Liberal
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    AmcmurryFreedom Wrote: "Breaking News", Redneck Georgians shot and killed two travelers on the highway and delivered them to the local Sheriff&#39;s Office in the back of their pickup like dead animals. The Rednecks explain that they were threatened by the travelers making fun of their beat-up truck, so they protected their property. <br /> <br /> Ok, maybe it isn&#39;t true, but I can sure see this happening. The wise choice would be for all of America to stay out of Georgia, including sports and businesses and conference groups. Although, the NRA will love the singular exposure.<br /> <br /> Georgia just replaced the number one state as "Arm-Pit of America".<br type="_moz" />
    I guess when Dutch and I take that "East Coast road trip together" we'll have to rent a pickup truck and find a NRA bumper sticker and a Jesus Saves decal for the rear window (right underneath the gun rack) if we ever hope to get through Georgia. A full tank of gas and stomach probably wouldn't hurt either.