Georgia Governor Signs Law Allowing Guns In Churches, Schools, Some Areas Of Airports

April 25, 2014  |  

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has signed into law House Bill 60, formally called the Safe Carry Protection Act of 2014 but otherwise called the “guns everywhere” law by detractors. The law allows those state residents with permits to carry concealed weapons to bring those firearms into “bars, churches, school zones, government buildings and certain parts of airports.” If a gun owner brings their gun into a church that doesn’t permit them, they won’t be arrested, but they will have to pay a $100 fine. School districts can also authorize some officials to carry guns. About five percent of Georgia residents have a concealed weapons permit.

The law goes into effect July 1.

The bill passed the state Legislature with a vote of 112-58 in the House and 37-18 in the Senate. Former President Jimmy Carter’s grandson, Democratic State Sen. Jason Carter, also supported the bill.

“Roughly 500,000 Georgia citizens have a permit of this kind, which is approximately 5 percent of our population. License holders have passed background checks and are in good standing with the law,” said Gov. Deal. “This law gives added protections to those who have played by the rules — and who can protect themselves and others from those who don’t play by the rules.”

The NRA has called the law “the most comprehensive pro-gun bill in state history.” Still there are some who say the law doesn’t go far enough. For instance, a provision that would’ve allowed guns on college campuses was nixed.

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  • Motorcity Mami

    Bravo! I completely agree with this decision! Never have been or will be an advocate for senseless violence but I’m all for the legal right to bear arms and protect yourself and your family. People need to realize that criminals do not care about laws in any way shape or form, and if we continually allow the government to deny us our legal right to carry, we will have no means to defend ourselves against those who wish to do nothing but wreak havoc on the world. I know PLENTY people who have gun permits and all are law abiding, family oriented citizens. I don’t care what part of the world you live in, 99% of people are very protective of children, do you think Sandy Hook would’ve happened if there were trained armed guards there? Criminals will strike where people are most vulnerable with no means of defense and we shouldn’t allow that to happen.


    I don’t know one black person with a legal permit for a weapon

  • FromUR2UB

    The Wild West…or south, in this case. Since you can’t always know who the nuts are until they go nutty, this doesn’t put me at ease.