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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