As the national gun control debates continues, gun owners in Georgia are rejoicing as Governor Nathan Deal just signed a controversial new gun bill expanding gun rights in Georgia. Opponents of the law are calling the new change the “guns everywhere” bill.
The “Safe Carry Protection Act” has critics in an uproar because it allows those with a license to carry to bring a gun into a bar without restriction, and gun owners are now able to bring their weapons into some government buildings that don't have certain security measures. Religious leaders now have the right to decide whether it's alright for a person with a carry license to bring a gun into places of worship.
In the wake of gun violence on several Georgia school campuses, under the new law school districts would now be able, at their discretion, to allow some employees to carry a firearm under certain conditions. Amidst criticism surrounding the bill, in an interview this week Deal reminded everyone not to forget what was left out of the bill.
The “campus carry” provision that would have legalized the carrying of guns on campus, failed to make it into the final law. Another major modification of the law allows religious leaders to “opt in” to allow guns in their congregations instead requiring houses of worship to allow guns unless leaders ban them.
Critics and opponents of the bill including former Rep. Gabby Giffords have tried to block its passage, and many argue that the new law endangers law enforcement. “The important premise we all should remember is these are people who have their fingerprints taken, their backgrounds checked and they have been licensed to carry a weapon. It’s not just someone walking out of the clear blue with none of those background checks. They’ve been subjected to scrutiny of the state,” declared Deal.