If, like so many people, you’ve been wondering why you can’t use a silencer when you’re hunting, or carry your gun into a bar, the airport, a church, or a kindergarten classroom, or why police might want to ask if you’re allowed to carry that gun around with you … now you just need to move to Georgia and you won’t have to wonder; thanks to a new bill that the NRA and Georgia legislators love, you can take that gun anywhere and everywhere:
Calling it “a great day to reaffirm our liberties,” [Georgia Gov. Nathan] Deal said the law allows residents to protect their families and expands the list of places where they can legally carry firearms….
The governor said the law “will protect the constitutional rights of Georgians who have gone through a background check to legally obtain a Georgia Weapons Carry License.
On the other side of the coin:
"Among its many extreme provisions, it allows guns in TSA lines at the country’s busiest airport, forces community school boards into bitter, divisive debates about whether they should allow guns in their children’s classrooms, and broadens the conceal carry eligibility to people who have previously committed crimes with guns," said Pia Carusone, the group’s [Americans for Responsible Solutions] senior adviser.
"So it is no surprise that while being trumpeted by the NRA as the ‘most comprehensive’ gun bill in state history, the legislation … was opposed by Georgia law enforcement, county commissioners, municipal leaders, and the Transportation Security Administration for its potentially harmful impact on Georgians’ safety."
I have to say, it’s amazing what a group of legislators can get done when pretty much none of their constituents called for this new law and pretty much everyone apart from the NRA and a few hundred wingnuts thinks it’s terrible.