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Safe Carry Protection Act Starts Tuesday

HB 60 allows gun more places in Georgia, but there are a number of requirements and restrictions attached in the controversial law.

(Patch file photo)
(Patch file photo)

Georgians may carry guns legally in more places, including public schools, bars, churches and government buildings, under laws taking effect Tuesday.

As of July 1, House Bill 60 (the Safe Carry Protection Act) allows licensed gun owners to bring guns into a variety of places formerly barred. There are a number of rules, requirements and exceptions included in the text of the bill – churches, for example, may decide on an individual basis whether that church will allow guns inside.

What do you think about the new law? Tell us in the comments! 

The law also adjusts what weapons may be used for hunting, changes laws regarding guns on college campuses and more.

The bill has been controversial inside Georgia and across the United States.

Georgia is no. 17 in the United States for gun deaths (13 per 100,000), according to data from the National Center for Health Statistics. But more people nationwide are carrying guns: 47 percent of U.S. households have a gun, according to Gallup.

In May, an Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll conducted by SRBI of New York showed 59 percent of Georgia residents disapprove of the new law. However, the same poll revealed that 57 percent of Georgians said they think “owning a gun helps protect people.”

Marlene Mitchell July 02, 2014 at 02:40 PM
I would bet that if you lined up all the people who shopped at Target, in any given hour of the day, you would not be able to pick out with any degree of accuracy who was carrying and who wasn't. As a general rule we are not reckless people. I also would bet that that vast majority of crimes are committed by people who are carrying guns illegally (if a weapon is used in the crime) I just wish we focused more on them than on the people who don't commit crimes....might be more productive.
David Brown July 02, 2014 at 03:03 PM
If you would carry your weapon into Target despite their request for you not to carry, then you're not a true conservative. A true conservative believes in the rights of the property owner.
Ric Honsa, CPA July 02, 2014 at 03:19 PM
Sorry, my ability to defend my self and my loved ones trumps their wishes that not carry my firearm. With that noted, you assume that someone is a conservative because they carry a gun. You have no idea what each person believes from a political perspective.
Marlene Mitchell July 02, 2014 at 06:42 PM
I have often wondered what liability a store owner would have if a criminal shot and killed someone in their store. If by Targets request I didn't carry my gun into their store and I was shot and killed because I was unable to defend myself...how does Target proved that they were properly looking after my best welfare?? My bleeding corpse would make one wonder if Target did all they could to keep their customers safe. Would they have to prove it? OR....do the criminals have more rights than I do? I would think that a certain portion of my death would have to be their fault if they didn't take steps to keep ALL guns out of the store?? Thoughts?
Phil Evans July 05, 2014 at 01:47 PM
I believe Target is riding the fence to try and appease Bloomberg's Moms Demand Action as well as trying not to make gun owners mad enough to not shop there. They do not yet have a hard policy of prohibiting guns. They are merely "asking" that we don't carry there. At least one person I know of has openly carried his pistol in a Target store since this announcement, with no issues. I say carry on as if they've not made the request, to show the public what this really is about - politics and not safety. All they can do is ask you to leave, and if they do, publicize it to help others avoid their stores.

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