Georgia's controversial gun law takes effect

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- Some hail it as a victory for the Second Amendment, others are calling it much too extreme. Georgia's controversial new gun law took effect on Tuesday.

It is now legal to carry a gun in some schools, churches, airports, restaurants and bars.

There are those who believe more guns in more places will cause more crime. Others say more guns will actually reduce crime. What is for certain is that both sides will be tracking gun violence very closely to make their case before the legislature next year.

The new law creates a new list of places where those with a concealed weapons permit can take their gun.

Permission is not automatic. Some organizations and businesses can opt out, but Alice Johnson, the director of Georgians for Gun Safety believes those that do, especially bars, will become the target of lawsuits.

"Bar owners will be targeted for boycotts," she said. "All kinds of public relations problems."

Samuel Hayes with the Caliber Training Group says critics are missing the point.

"Our mentality is not to look for problems," he said. "Our mentality is to be prepared should problems arise."

Hayes says the new law comes with new responsibilities for every gun owner. He said he believes it starts with training.

"You wouldn't throw a new driver behind a Ferrari F430 and send them out on the roads," Hayes said. "It's the same thing."

Johnson says the airport is a perfect example of how irresponsible some gun owners can be. While guns are now allowed at the entrance and waiting areas, the TSA says it confiscated more weapons at Hartsfield Jackson security checkpoints last year, than at any other airport in the nation.


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