Georgia's Extreme New Gun Law Allows Firearms in Bars, Schools and Churches

Posted April 30, 2014

MP3 Interview with Ladd Everitt, communications director with the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, conducted by Scott Harris


Since the horrifying December 2012 Newtown massacre where deranged gunman 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot and killed 20 first-graders and six educators at Sandy Hook elementary school, states including Connecticut, California, Colorado, New York, and New Jersey have moved to strengthen laws governing gun sales. However, more than two dozen states have moved in the other direction, passing laws that weakened gun control regulations, expanding in many cases, the locations where concealed weapons are permitted to be carried.

Most recently, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed the “Safe Carry Protection Act,” which allows concealed carry permit holders to bring firearms into bars, schools, churches and specific government buildings under certain circumstances. The law also expands the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law and no longer requires firearms dealers to maintain records of sales and purchases for state purposes.

While the National Rifle Association applauded Georgia’s new law as ”the most comprehensive pro-gun bill in state history,” Americans for Responsible Solutions, the gun control group founded by former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords, who was severely wounded in a 2011 mass shooting incident, called it ”the most extreme gun bill in America.” Between The Lines’ Scott Harris spoke with Ladd Everitt, director of communications with the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. Here, he talks about Georgia's new gun law and the link between weak firearms regulations and increased gun violence.

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