News Alert: LIVE Anchorage Mayoral Election Results - Read More
  • Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
2m 24s

New law allows Georgia residents to carry guns in churches, schools, bars

By CBS/AP 6:15 PM April 23, 2014
ELLIJAY, Ga. –

Under a law just signed by Georgia’s governor, people with a license can carry a gun into bars, some government buildings and places of worship if religious leaders say it’s okay.

A few hundred gun rights advocates gathered to watch Wednesday’s bill signing by Gov. Nathan Deal with top officials including House Speaker David Ralston and bill sponsor Rep. Rick Jasperse.

“No one should be scared of these people,” said Rep. Jasperse at a rally in support of the law. “They’ve done nothing wrong in the past. It’s appropriate that these good Georgians, if they choose, take that responsibility to defend themselves. That they be able to do that.”

Also under the law passed this session, school districts would now be able, if they choose, to allow some employees to carry a firearm under certain conditions.

“This is a sad day for Georgia. This is not a day to celebrate. It’s a day that will put all of Georgia at risk,” said Kathryn Grant with the Gun Sense Coalition that opposed the law.

Rev. Willie Phillips of Gethsemane Baptist Church in Columbus, Ga., told CBS affiliate WRBL in March he would not allow guns in his church, adding it would be too much of a distraction.

“I could see people looking around thinking ‘I wonder who beside me got a gun on them…who beside me got a gun in their purse,” Phillips said.

Republican State Senator Josh McKoon voted in favor of the bill, telling WRBL he believes it would actually keep you safer.

“A criminal is not going to be concerned about a law that says you can’t carry a gun in a particular area,” said McKoon. “So the impact of these laws is that they cause law-abiding citizens to voluntarily disarm themselves and be sitting ducks if there was a situation where a criminal started shooting.”

Gov. Deal defended the bill as important to Second Amendment rights, reports CBS affiliate WGCL in Atlanta.

“This legislation will protect the constitutional rights of Georgians who have gone through a background check to legally obtain a Georgia Weapons Carry License,” Deal said. “Roughly 500,000 Georgia citizens have a permit of this kind, which is approximately 5 percent of our population. License holders have passed background checks and are in good standing with the law. This law gives added protections to those who have played by the rules – and who can protect themselves and others from those who don’t play by the rules.”

© 2014 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Latest Stories

  • News

    Teachers face insecurity in wake of Anchorage School Board budget cuts

    by Shannon Ballard on May 05, 20:43

    Today, several Anchorage teachers are asking, “Will I have a job?” Bryan Bearss is a literacy coach. For the past year, he’s helped third graders at Abbott Loop Elementary get a better grip on reading and writing. But now, he’s learning that loving your job doesn’t mean that job is always going to be there. “Just the […]

  • News

    Anchorage high school student wins new car for perfect attendance

    by Heather Hintze on May 05, 19:34

    Five Anchorage high school students were rewarded for their perfect attendance this school year with the chance to win a new car. They were drawn randomly from the 386 juniors and seniors who haven’t missed a day of school. Bartlett High School senior Piyares Thongkerd moved to Alaska from Thailand two years ago. “If I go […]

  • News

    Birchwood residents concerned grizzly sow becoming a problem bear

    by Bonney Bowman on May 05, 18:22

    Residents in Birchwood are concerned a grizzly sow is becoming a problem bear. The sow reportedly has three cubs, which are almost fully grown. Residents say they’ve been raiding trashcans in the area around South Birchwood Loop and Jayhawk Road. The sow has reportedly lived in the area for at least the last four years, […]

  • News

    Anchorage noise advisory for 11-day JBER training period

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on May 05, 15:51

    Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson officials have announced an almost two-week long training involving small firearms, which may be heard in parts of Anchorage. The 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division will be training with firearms up to .50 caliber at JBER training ranges between May 5 and May 16, JBER officials said in an […]

  • News

    AST: Emergency crews respond to overturned float plane on Jim Lake

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on May 05, 14:59

    Emergency crews have been dispatched to a lake near Butte after receiving reports of a plane making an emergency landing Tuesday afternoon, authorities say. Just before 2 p.m., Alaska State Troopers were notified of a float plane in distress on Jim Lake off of Maud Road Extension, according to AST spokeswoman Megan Peters. Two people […]

  • News

    The Latest on Texas attack: White House says IS link unclear

    by Associated Press on May 05, 14:30

      The White House says “it’s too early to say” whether U.S. officials have been able to corroborate claims that the Islamic State group is responsible for a shooting outside a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Tuesday that the IS group and others were trying to capitalize on […]

  • News

    DMV: Grizzly bear license plates available Thursday

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on May 05, 13:54

    Revamped grizzly bear license plates will be available at all Alaska Department of Motor Vehicles offices starting Thursday, officials say. The revised take on the 1976 bicentennial standing grizzly bear plate was approved with the passage of former Rep. Peggy Wilson’s House Bill 293 in 2014. While the original designer of the bicentennial plate is unknown, […]

  • Politics

    Anchorage Assembly approves final 2015 operating budget

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on May 05, 13:29

    The Anchorage Assembly held a special meeting Monday to determine final edits to the Anchorage operating budget for 2015. The final budget, totaled at $483.6 million, is a slight increase from last year’s budget, according to Mayor Dan Sullivan’s office. Although the budget increased 1.4 percent, taxes owed by Anchorage homeowners went down. Taxes are […]