Ga. Lawmaker: Allow Concealed Guns In Restaurants


A Georgia state legislator wants to allow anyone with a concealed weapons permit to take a handgun inside most restaurants, says the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The state has long banned weapons at restaurants that serve alcohol, at football games, in churches, and at other public gatherings. “What if someone comes to Atlanta to stay at the Ritz-Carlton, and they have to walk a couple of blocks to a restaurant?” said state Rep. Bobby Franklin (R-Marietta). “They’d like to be able to carry that gun in downtown Atlanta at night. Right now, even if they have a permit and have passed the background checks, they can’t.”

Atlanta officials, who plan to announce today that crime downtown dropped last year, bristled at Franklin’s remarks. The Georgia Gunowners group is backing the bill. Franklin has introduced similar proposals that have failed in the past, but for the first time in more than a century Republicans control the state Legislature. “People all over the state are clamoring for it,” he said. State Rep. Bob Holmes (D-Atlanta) said Franklin’s bill sends the wrong message. “We should not do things that encourage gunfights,” Holmes said. “We’re not back in the 1800s. We should be regulating them and having fewer guns, not more.”


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