Norcross mayor wants to rename building to ban guns

NORCROSS, Ga. -- The mayor of Norcross believes he may have found a legal loophole in Georgia's sweeping and controversial new gun law. The loophole would allow the mayor to effectively ban firearms from the city's main government building.

Mayor Bucky Johnson says he's asking the city council to officially re-name the building "Norcross City Hall and Municipal Court."

"There's no reason to bring a gun to city hall," Mayor Johnson said.

The name change is significant. Under the new law, guns are prohibited in courthouses with security checkpoints. But other government buildings like city halls are not afforded the same protection.

The Norcross City Hall and Municipal Courthouse are housed in the same building. Although there are separate entrances for each and only a security checkpoint outside municipal court.

"They are undermining the intent of the law," Jerry Henry with Georgia Carry said.

Henry says the mayor is taking aim at the wrong people. He contends that law-abiding gun owners do not pose a threat to city hall or its employee.

Mayor Johnson says the city council could vote on the name change as soon as its June 16 meeting.


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