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Officials prepare for ‘guns everywhere’ law
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Jun 04, 2014 | 1925 views | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Georgia’s HB 60, which has been nicknamed the “guns everywhere” bill, has gotten national attention, not to mention the attention of local law enforcement officers.

Gray Police Chief Adam Lowe has been working to become educated on all aspects of the law before it takes effect July 1 and said information has been coming to law enforcement from the attorney general’s office, Georgia Municipal Association, and the Association of Georgia Police Chiefs at least daily.

Lowe emphasized that he is in favor of the second amendment that allows citizens to have firearms for their protection, but the new legislation allows people to carry firearms in public places and is charting new territory.

Assistant District Attorney Wright Barksdale is going to speak at a chief’s association meeting this week in Warner Robins about the new law. He said the fact is there is no case law for the new legislation, but he does not foresee a lot of problems.

The new law states that persons carrying any weapon, including firearms, cannot be detained solely for the purpose of checking to see if they have a weapons carry license.

Lowe said a lot of the information being circulated is confusing, which is the reason for the work being done by state agencies.

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