April 30, 2008

Georgia Considers Expanded Carry Locations

Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue is considering signing a bill that would allow Georgians to carry concealed handguns onto trains and buses and into restaurants that serve alcohol.

The bill passed Georgia's General Assembly on the last day of the 2007-08 session.

Under the bill, Georgians would not be allowed to carry concealed guns to athletic events, churches, political rallies or bars, but they could carry them onto trains and buses and into state parks, historic sites and restaurants that derive at least 50% of their revenue from food sales.

Gov. Sonny Perdue

"We hear all this stuff about how people are going to drop their chicken wings and start blasting," said state Rep. Tim Bearden, the bill's author, who attended the news conference to defend his legislation. "But we're talking about law- abiding citizens, not criminals. Law-abiding citizens should have the right to decide for themselves."

Bearden said 37 states allow firearms in restaurants that serve alcohol and 43 states allow firearms on public transportation.

The deadline for Perdue to sign or veto the bill is May 4.

Comments (6)


Posted by: COMPA | May 5, 2008 3:18 PM    Report this comment

other states with concealed carry, still have fewer restrictions then Georgia. But,I guess this is better then nothing. If the liberals get in office, we will have bigger problems.

Posted by: JOHN F | May 3, 2008 11:50 PM    Report this comment

If a person meets all requirements to obtain a concealed carry permit, why should there be ANY
restrictions on where they can carry??? Those restrictions are as stupid as not being able to pray or mention God. Down with political correctness!!! Let's go back to being free!!!

Posted by: Lawman | May 3, 2008 8:45 AM    Report this comment

A lot of these restrictions for concealed carry are ridiculous. I can understand court houses or other government installations. The rest of the restrictions are a compromise for the liberals to allow the CCW law to pass, feel good legislation. They (liberals) just can't allow you to have it all. Bottom line, if you are licensed to carry a gun you should be able to carry it anywhere with just the reasonable few exceptions, court house etc..

Posted by: Robert J | May 2, 2008 12:44 PM    Report this comment

Good as far as it goes, BUR. Does anyone remember the crazy who killed kids at 'church camp' than drove 80 miles to kill more at a church a few months back???
When will our legislators learn criminals and crazies don't follow laws and in those areas where laws don't allow law abiding sane people abilty to protect themselves then that "law" only protects the criminals and homicidally insane, Not the general public / victims.

Posted by: Rich | May 2, 2008 8:02 AM    Report this comment

Thank you Georgia..... Its about time legislators vote with common sense. lets publish some statistics on what percent of crimes are performed with licensed hand guns???? I’ll bet the anti gun groups would not like to see those statistics.

Posted by: donba27 | May 1, 2008 10:14 AM    Report this comment

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