April 23rd, 2014
01:54 PM ET
7 months ago

Georgia governor signs gun law

Ellijay, Georgia (CNN) – Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed a wide-ranging gun bill into law Wednesday that has critics howling and proponents applauding.

House Bill 60, or the Safe Carry Protection Act of 2014 - which opponents have nicknamed the "guns everywhere bill" - specifies where Georgia residents can carry weapons. Included are provisions for taking guns into some bars, churches, school zones, government buildings and certain parts of airports.

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  1. Rick McDaniel

    In other words, let the criminals beware.

    April 23, 2014 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Did anyone ever seen the movie "Who Shot Liberty Valance"? I find it quite apropo to today's political fight over guns, states' rights, and size of government. It's literally a gun fight between common folk who want statehood, and land barons who do not want their freedom compromised by government ruling over them.

    This Georgia law is a return to those shoot-em-up days of Wild West before the western states were formed. Martial law and hte hired gun prevailed. Who needs a government when a man has gun on his hip?

    April 23, 2014 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  3. The Real Tom Paine

    Oh yes, Rick...let the criminals beware. Its always a proven fact that citizen vigilantes do such a great job of keeping their streets safe, and are always respectful of the law. Just ask George Zimmerman, or the man who shot a stranger over popcorn being a weapon, or the man who was shot because his shooting baskets was such a distraction to the nutjob with the handgun. I guess all of us are criminals in the eyes of the NRA, since we might threaten someone. Somalia is their blueprint.

    April 23, 2014 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    Rick McDaniel wrote:

    In other words, let the criminals beware.
    --------------------------
    What do you think is going to happen when one of your "criminals" decides to stand their ground against a vigilante?

    April 23, 2014 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  5. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - Take Back the House

    Atlanta's airport is one of the biggest in the country and this idiot is going to allow guns in the airport. There's a domestic terrorist for ya!

    April 23, 2014 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  6. Tampa Tim

    Will armed parishners in church have any affect on people trying to pass the collection plate?

    April 23, 2014 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  7. Tampa Tim

    Pastors now know they better keep their remarks brief.

    April 23, 2014 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  8. Chris-E...al

    Yes the graveyards are full of good PPL that didnt have a gun to protect themself !

    April 23, 2014 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "What do you think is going to happen when one of your "criminals" decides to stand their ground against a vigilante?"

    Here's what he and they think and hope: The "criminal" will be a black dude, so the white jury will side with the righteous vigilante white guy with the concealed carry permit and NRA membership proving his worth to society and who "cleansed" the neighborhood of such filth. Besides, they all believe they need to stock up in preparation for the incoming race war and inevitable downfall of society triggered by a black man becoming POTUS.

    Let the blubbering and crying about what I just said begin...oh yes, music, I say, music to my ears....tissues available for $1 each....

    April 23, 2014 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  10. Tampa Tim

    I think when I search for connecting flights, I will avoid Atlanta.

    April 23, 2014 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "Yes the graveyards are full of good PPL that didnt have a gun to protect themself !"

    And also full of those who did, not to mention those caught in the cross-fire. Yawn.

    April 23, 2014 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  12. RWB1956

    As soon as I read "gun law and "Georgia", I knew what to expect. Hate to be right sometimes.

    April 23, 2014 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    Chris-E...al

    Yes the graveyards are full of good PPL that didnt have a gun to protect themself !
    ------------------------------------
    Did you know that the graveyards are full of even more "good PPL" who had a gun to protect themselves and committed suicide? On average, nearly two out of every three deaths each year that are caused by a gun shot is a self inflicted wound.

    April 23, 2014 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  14. Tampa Tim

    I think the Georgia Governor and the republican legislature are overcompensating for their man issue problems.

    April 23, 2014 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  15. Gurgyl

    This guy is so pathetic to pass guns in schools, churches, Airports. How much NRA bribed this idiot god only knows. Bad news for this state. Revolt against it. Period. Vote out all these guys.

    April 23, 2014 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  16. Silence DoGood

    Oh great, and now the Tea Party folks are talking about an armed take over of MY government.

    April 23, 2014 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  17. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - Take Back the House

    Will churches be allowed to ban people from carrying firearms on their property? Sounds like a case for the SCOTUS.

    April 23, 2014 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  18. Silence DoGood

    In other news: Georgia replaces water with gasoline in their fire-engines.

    April 23, 2014 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  19. Randy, San Francisco

    The wild wild west is back! Georgia may become more dangerous than Iraq or Afghanistan. Will have cross off Georgia as a place to visit.

    April 23, 2014 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  20. Chris-E...al

    What does race have to do with wanting to be safe ? Race down south racist up north in the blue states ? What happen to the north ?

    April 23, 2014 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  21. MrE

    Wild West is so passe... here's to the Wild South !
    What a disaster this great nation has become.

    April 23, 2014 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    "What do you think is going to happen when one of your "criminals" decides to stand their ground against a vigilante?

    ----–
    Soil himself would be the answer."

    It's all in who shoots first. And therein lies the problem.

    April 23, 2014 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  23. Tampa Tim

    And the Sarge used to say, "This is my rifle, this is my gun, this is for shootin', this one's for fun."

    April 23, 2014 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  24. Steve, New York City

    To The Real Tom Paine –
    I agree with you.
    Don't forget that old fool in Minnesota, who shot two unarmed teenagers multiple times, after each one was already down. Let's see whether Minnesota's justice system is at least slightly less stupid than Florida's (won't be saying much).

    The Georgia governor's actions on guns leave me perplexed. He and his NRA overlords won't stop until six year olds can easily obtain concealed weapons permits.

    April 23, 2014 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  25. rs

    Interesting, Our GOP Governor Jan Brewer vetoed a nearly identical bill because of the spending implications of this bill on communities, counties and state government for metal detectors, guards, gun lockers, etc. I guess the GOP is now cool with tax and spending increases in Georgia.

    April 23, 2014 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
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