July 2, 2014
Valdosta, GA - An arrest is made in South Georgia after a confrontation between two people carrying guns.
It comes just one day after the state's expanded gun law went into effect.
According to police.. two men..carrying guns..got in to an argument at the Enmark on the corner of Park Avenue and Lee Street in Valdosta.
They say the victim had stopped to grab a drink, when he was approached by 62 year old Ronald Williams. Williams, who was also carrying a weapon, demanded to see the victim's ID and Firearms license. The victim told him he didn't have to show him anything, stepped outside, and called police.
Williams was charged with disorderly conduct and taken to the Lowndes County Jail. His weapon was taken into custody for safekeeping.
This case now has some wondering if Georgia's new gun laws will only increase these types of incidents. Captain Bobbi Mcgraw, says she hopes it's all just a coincidence.
"There is a possibility that we will see more cause or inquiries related to this, as people become accustomed to the new law. "
That law greatly expands where people in Georgia can carry guns..causing some to worry about an increase in violence. However, local gun owners we spoke to say the new law may actually cause crime numbers to go down.
"It's great that Georgia is very proactively opening the areas we can carry, in areas, where unfortunately, bad things can happen", says Jud Tanner, President of T3 Outdoors in Valdosta.
Tanner says he doesn't expect sales to go up or down because of the new laws.
According to VPD, in Georgia, police are the only ones that can ask for a copy of your Firearms License, and they must have a cause.
For more information on the new Georgia gun laws, visit http://www.handgunlaw.us/states/georgia.pdf