Georgia's concealed handgun law amended to allow guns in parks, restaurants

The Atlanta Journal Constitution has the story here:

Georgians with carry licenses will be able to tote their concealed guns on public transportation, in restaurants that serve alcohol and in state parks under legislation signed by Gov. Sonny Perdue on Wednesday. . . .

The gun bill debate was among the hottest and most strongly lobbied measures of the 2008 session. Perdue said last week he expected the issue to wind up in court, no matter what he decided.

For two years, it prompted a collision of Republican constituencies, as lawmakers debated the rights of gun-owners and the ability of landowners to control their property. A veto by Perdue would have guaranteed a third year of fighting in the Legislature.

House Bill 89 was passed by the General Assembly in the final hours of the 2008 session. As in the year before, most of the debate on the measure had concerned a provision to permit employees to keep guns in vehicles parked on corporate parking lots. . . .

The fear of this new law is exactly the same concerns raised before the original concealed handgun law. I assume that they will also go away very soon.

Here is a op-ed opposing the ban.

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Blogger Dad29 said...

Factual inaccuracies in the article:

1) Georgia permits both open- and concealed-carry.

2) Georgia law already pre-empts local ordinances.

See John Lott on the issue.

5/15/2008 10:11 AM  

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