Alabamians React To New Georgia Gun Law


By Alabama News Network

Georgia now has what some are calling a "guns everywhere" law after Governor Nathan Deal signed a new law yesterday. 

Some are concerned that there will be trouble with more guns, and that trouble could come to Alabama.

Starting in just a few months, you'll be able to cross the Chattahoochee River and enter georgia and carry a gun to places it's never been before, like school zones, churches, and even bars. 

The new Georgia law will let churches "opt in" to allow guns on the property, while bars will have to "opt out," posting signs that tell customers guns aren't allowed. 
School districts can even decide to let teachers carry guns on campus. 

Major Randy Robertson with the Muscogee County Sheriff's Office in Columbus Georgia says his office has already started getting the word out to people.

"I think the biggest concern we're going to have is at the beginning of the law as we do with every law. It's for everybody to figure out where the playing field is and where the problems are, the pitfalls if you will. That's why we're trying to get this education out early," said Robertson.

In Alabama you can carry a gun in public and even into local businesses, but only if they allow it. Unlike Georgia, you can't take a firearm into any church, bar, or school.

But some people living on the border in Phenix City have mixed opinions on the matter.

"I'm proud that they're finally doing something about it because there are people out there who will follow the laws, they will be responsible, and they can help save lives," said Nancy Johnson. 

"Well, the new law, I don't feel like it should be allowed in churches and these schools, especially with the teachers," said Matthew Henderson.

Alabama did not make any changes to their gun law this past session. Georgia's new law will go into effect on July 1st.

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