Georgia residents can now legally carry guns in churches, bars, schools, government buildings and parts of airports reports CNN. Republican Governor Nathan Deal signed HB 60, the so-called ‘guns everywhere bill,’ into law on Wednesday, sparking both celebration and criticism.
“People who follow the rules can protect themselves and their families from people who don’t follow the rules,” Deal said. “The Second Amendment should never be an afterthought. It should reside at the forefronts of our minds.”
HB 60 was “watered down” from its original form. There is a clause that allows church leaders to ban guns in the church if they choose and only school officials may carry guns in school zones.
Also included in the bill is the legalization of silencers for hunting purposes.
Concealed carry permits are necessary for Georgia citizens to possess firearms. Citizens must be 21 years of age to obtain a gun license; the exception under HB 60 are soldiers that are at least 18 and have completed basic training.
The bill will go into effect on July 1 this year.
Publication date: April 24, 2014