New Georgia Gun Law Engenders Confusion


Georgia’s liberal new gun law, which goes into effect next week, is creating confusion for many state residents, who are trying to figure out what it will mean for them, reports NPR. For one, the law says that licensed gun owners can carry their weapons into bars and churches if the bar owner or church council allows them in. And school personnel can have weapons if the school board approves. Most confusingly, the law says gun owners can carry a weapon into “unsecured government buildings,” such as libraries or city halls, without approval.

To figure out what the new law will mean, a group of 60 librarians from around Atlanta recently met with their director, Alison Weissinger, who explained that librarians won’t be allowed to check to see if a gun owner has a permit. “What if someone walks in with their gun and then they just put it on the desk beside their computer?” asked Alanna Maddox. “Can we say anything? I mean, what if there are children running around? Are we not allowed to even say, ‘Hey, can you take the gun off the desk and put it on you?'” “That I don’t know,” Weissinger said.

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