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Georgia gun law expands
A new and controversial law expands the places where Georgia gun owners can carry a firearm.
"While we still guard against tyranny, America today cherishes this right so that people who follow the rules can protect themselves and their families from those who don't follow the rules."
Surrounded by the applause of hundreds of supporters, Georgia's Governor Nathan Deal, signed a new wide ranging gun bill into law this week.
The bill, which passed the state house and senate with overwhelming bipartisan support, is important for what it allows.
Starting July 1st, the number of places law abiding Georgians can carry their licensed weapons without penalty will expand.
Places like the airport, as it stands right now, if you tried to carry a firearm through the TSA checkpoint, you will likely be arrested. Under the new law, you can do that, your firearm will likely be taken away from you, but it will be given back and you will not face criminal prosecution.
The law will also allow Georgians to carry guns into bars and churches as long as the property owner hasn't banned them.
"I don't know of any church that plans to opt in to this law."
Dr. Ralphie Warnock, the Pastor at Ebenezer Baptist says most Georgians had no idea about the gun bill until it was signed into law.
Dr. Martin Luther King preached at the church and his mother was shot and killed there in 1974.
"I shutter to think what that day would have been like, the kind of mayhem would have seen, had everyone been strapped that day with a gun."
The lobby group that pushed through the "safe carry protection act" believes the new law will make the state a safer place.
"The violence is in the person, not in the gun. And until you figure out how to treat the violence then you're going to have that. And taking all of the guns off the street is not going to make anyone any safer."