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How the new Gun Law affects the Chattahoochee Valley

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Georgia's controversial gun law is now in effect. It allows firearms in bars, schools, churches, and some government buildings. Governor Nathan Deal signed the Safe Carry Protection Act into law this April. Tuesday, it will start having an impact on our local area and for everyone across Georgia.

The new law allows licensed gun owners in Georgia to bring a gun into a number of previously restricted places. The law also allows school districts to decide whether they want some employees to carry a firearm. News 3's Naomi Keitt spoke to several school districts in our area. The overall consensus is that not much will change.

Harris County officials say teachers are hired to teach, and unless the board and community wants things to change they will not be arming teachers. Marion and Muscogee Counties are following suit saying they won't arm teachers and their policies will remain the same. Webster County officials say they are not changing their policies and want a complete interpretation of the law before they decide future policies. Some local pastors tells News 3, they will not allow their congregation to carry firearms.

"In your home, you got that right. In your automobile, you got that right. Around the street, you got that right. We need to leave the church and nightclubs out of it," said Revered Willie Phillips.

The City Services Center in Muscogee County has made some changes because of the new gun law. In an effort to keep guns out, they will screen citizens at the entrance on the parking deck side. The other entrance will be closed indefinitely. Across the state, some bar owners are saying no to allowing armed customers into their establishments.

"It seems like it's a step back to the wild wild west. People carrying guns into saloons and everything like that," sid Gary Sisney owner of Woofs Sports Bar.

Some Georgia legislatures say the law is designed to protect lives and the rights of citizens across the state. Opponent of the law have dubbed it the "Guns Everywhere Law" saying it will further endanger Georgians.

Naomi Keitt

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