Governor Deal Signs Bill Expanding Gun Rights In Georgia

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

People are voicing their opinions on the new gun bill signed into law by Governor Deal.

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"In my opinion, it's just counter productive," said Leigh Touchton.

"In a way it could be a good thing, but also in another way it could cause chaos and turmoil," said Valdosta State student Desiree Briggs.

People are voicing their opinions about the new gun bill signed into law on Wednesday by Georgia Governor, Nathan Deal.

Bars, places of worship, and even school districts will be able to decide whether or not to permit guns.

"I think it's a real shame because people don't come to church to engage in a controversy about bringing a concealed carry permit weapon into the sanctuary, just doesn't make any sense," said Touchton.

Touchton has a daughter in middle school and disagrees with guns being allowed in schools as well.

"It's not the people who have the permits that we worry about. We worry about the gun getting in the hands of somebody else because all it takes is a moment of forgetfulness," said Touchton.

Students at Valdosta State say they are concerned that having guns on campus could get out of hand.

"I feel like it would kind of give people another excuse to have a gun, now that your able to have it, people might say hey, I want a gun just because," said Antwann Duckett.

"I just don't think it would be wise because you hear about how many students talk about having guns now, it's just not going to be good on campus," said Kellen Stark.

The bill will go into effect on July 1, 2014.


Associated Press News Release
April 23, 2014

ELLIJAY, Ga. (AP) -- Gov. Nathan Deal has signed legislation expanding where people with licenses to carry can bring their guns in Georgia.

A few hundred gun rights advocates gathered to watch Wednesday's bill signing at an event in Ellijay with top officials including House Speaker David Ralston and bill sponsor Rep. Rick Jasperse.

The bill makes several changes to state law. It allows those with a license to carry to bring a gun into a bar without restriction and into some government buildings that don't have certain security measures. It also allows religious leaders to decide whether it's OK for a person with a carry license to bring a gun into their place of worship.

And school districts would now be able, if they want, to allow some employees to carry a firearm under certain conditions.


Associated Press News Release
April 18, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) -- Gov. Nathan Deal is expected to sign legislation next week expanding gun rights in Georgia.

Spokesman Brian Robinson confirmed Friday a bill signing on House Bill 60 is planned Wednesday. Word of the event first came in an online posting by the gun rights group Georgia Carry.

The bill makes several changes to state law. It allows those with a license to carry to bring a gun into a bar without restriction and into some government buildings that don't have certain security measures. It also allows religious leaders to decide whether it's OK for a person with a carry license to bring a gun into their place of worship.

And school districts would now be able, if they wanted, to allow some employees to carry a firearm under certain conditions.


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