Special to SEGAZINE
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is reviewing a sweeping, controversial gun bill that greatly expands where Georgians â?? and licensed gun owners visiting from 28 other states â?? can legally carry firearms in the state.
The state Legislature passed a bill late on the night of March 20, the final day of the legislative session, that allows firearms in bars, nightclubs and government buildings that have no security checkpoints. It allows citizens with carry permits who accidentally bring a gun through airport security to leave with their weapons and without any charges.
It allows churches to “opt-in” if they want to let congregants come strapped to Sunday services, and it removes a restriction that prevented those convicted of certain misdemeanors from getting a gun permit. And â?? in a provision that has some law enforcement officials concerned â?? the bill says police cannot detain a person “for the sole purpose of investigating whether such a person has a weapons carry license.”