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Georgia Governor to Sign ‘Unprecedented’ Gun Bill

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal plans to sign a sweeping gun bill that would allow licensed gun owners to carry their firearms into a nearly unprecedented amount of public places, including bars, government buildings and a vast amount of public places. Churches in Georgia will be able to “opt-in” to the law if they want their parishioners to bring guns into the building, and bars will be required to “opt-out” if they want to prevent customers from carrying firearms. School districts will be allowed to appoint staff members to carry guns on campus, and any gun owner caught carrying a firearm at an airport security checkpoint will be allowed to keep his weapon with no penalty.

The bill has been met with some criticism, as Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police, Frank Rotondo told TIME: “Police officers do not want more people carrying guns on the street. Particularly police officers in inner city areas.” However, the bill’s proponents say it simply reinforces the Second Amendment. As Georgia state Rep. Rick Jasperse says, “When we limit a Georgian’s ability to carry a weapon—to defend themselves—we’re empowering the bad guys” …

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