Georgia's 'guns everywhere' law
The Georgia House of Representatives pass a controversial gun bill that allows owners to carry in schools and churches, raising concern about strengthening the state's stand-your-ground law.
Just a week after the new Sandy Hook Elementary school design was released as a response to the 2012 shooting that murdered dozens of children and adults, Georgia state House of Representatives decided that people should be able to bring guns into schools—and churches, bars, restaurants and even airports.
A 112-58 vote pushed through a pro-gun bill that has been considered the most extreme gun legislation to pass so far, not only allowing guns in these public areas, but fining places like churches $100 for banning firearms. Guns in bars are OK, so long as the owner isn't drinking. If bars aren't alright with that rule, they have to post their own outside on the door—"No guns allowed."
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's branch of Politifact has disputed the extremity of the bill, arguing that four states don't even require permits to carry concealed weapons. However, critics of the bill argue that it could strengthen controversial stand-your-ground law, allowing gun-owners to stand their ground no matter what ground they're standing on, whether a school cafeteria or the young adult section of their local public library.