Court rules on allowing guns in Atlanta Botanical Garden

ATLANTA -- Months after the Georgia State Supreme Court allowed a lawsuit seeking permission to bring guns into the Atlanta Botanical Gardens officials with the organization are praising a judge’s decision not to allow firearms inside.

In a statement from the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, the group applauded the court’s decision.

“Throughout this case, the Garden’s priority has been and will continue to be the safety of the hundreds of thousands of children and adults who visit it as a place to enjoy the peace and serenity of nature,” a representative said in a written statement. filed a lawsuit hoping to have guns allowed at the botanical gardens. Garden officials attempted to have the case thrown out but it was allowed to continue.

“You can’t put up a sign and think that’s going to prevent crime,” said John Monroe, an attorney representing

That’s why Monroe said in a previous interview with 11Alive that weapons being carried by law-abiding citizens should be welcomed and not shunned.

Monroe pointed out, even on private property, it isn’t illegal for someone with a gun to see the sign and ignore it. It is only a crime if they don’t leave when asked. 

On the weapon-carry proponent’s website, the organization acknowledged the judge’s ruling on Sept. 1 but did not offer a rebuttal.

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