/ July 15, 2008

Food & Transportation Officials Respond to Georgia Gun Law

In an update to the Georgia gun law uproar earlier this month, a hearing has been rescheduled for August 11th to decide what course the lawsuit between the Hartsfield-Jackson airport and GeorgiaCarry.org will take. The law allowing concealed firearms to be carried in public including on mass transportation went into affect on July 1 and is causing problems for a number of Atlanta officials. Workers for the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority have openly opposed the new allowance but seem to be aware that the law is most likely not going anywhere. Instead, MARTA officials and employees have drafted a petition to install bulletproof shields in their rail cars and buses. So far the petition has received over 1,000 signatures, a sign that many are concerned their safety may be compromised with the new law.

Firearm enthusiasts have been counting the legislation as yet another victory this summer but MARTA officials and members of the Georgia Restaurant Association alike feel they were blindsided by the bill. After months of assurance that the bill would not have time to pass this session, the groups feel as if they were not a given proper warning to fight its passage. While MARTA has concentrated their complaints on actions of nervous passengers injuring innocent bystanders in an emergency situation, the restaurant group finds problems with the deadly combination of weapons and alcohol. Although the law contains a provision stating anyone handling a licensed weapon in a restaurant cannot be served alcohol, restaurants are unsure how they are intended to enforce the rule. While the airports may not stand much of a chance in court, it looks like that case will not be the last legislators hear about the passage of this bill.

Source: WRDW.com, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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