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New Ga. gun bill impacts hunters and state economics

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Jon McMullen Jon McMullen
COLUMBUS, GA - We have all heard how Georgia’s new gun law will allow concealed firearms in bars and churches. But, there is much more in the bill.

A piece of the bill allows hunters to use sound suppressors on their guns.

The sound suppressors accomplish a lot on the personal level for a hunter. But, one gun dealer tells me it might send an even bigger message about the state of Georgia.

“People who follow the rules can protect themselves and their families from those who don't,” said Governor Nathan Deal earlier in the week.

Part of the bill allows hunters to put silencers on their guns.

 “It will protect the hearing of hunters. It will allow people to hunt in areas that might be close to areas where people don't like that noise,” said Jon McMullen, owner of Shooters of Columbus in Georgia.

It might seem like a drastic change in law. But, Jon McMullen says the rest of the world has a much difference view on suppressors.

“In France, in Finland, and in a lot of countries in Europe, suppressors are required to hunt and you buy them over the counter at the hardware store,” said McMullen.

McMullen says the new gun bill isn't making a huge impact for his customers yet. But, he expects the bill to impact gun manufacturers, possibly even causing them to move their business to Georgia.

A lot of states like Maryland, Massachusetts, and New York are losing major long term gun companies like colt, like Remington, like Beretta, like Kahr Arms that have been in their states for decades, and even centuries in some cases.

The gun bill also allows active military to get a concealed weapons permit at 18 instead of 21 years old. And of course, churches can choose if they will allow concealed weapons on their grounds. McMullen knows pastors in this area who legally carry, and they know if their church members are too.

“They have actually gotten together and found out who in their church is carrying firearms,” McMullen said.

The gun bill doesn't take effect until July 1st. McMullen says if he could add one thing to the bill. He would make the process of owning a suppressor easier; he says it is an overly cumbersome process for a customer and a dealer.

Dayne Young

Dayne is a sports anchor and reporter for WRBL. He started covering the Chattahoochee Valley in September 2012. More>>

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