How the new Gun Law affects the Chattahoochee Valley - WRBL

How the new Gun Law affects the Chattahoochee Valley

Posted: Updated:
COLUMBUS, Ga. -

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

Naomi Keitt focuses on education reporting for WRBL News 3. More>>

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • FIRST ON 3: Police looking for man after Columbus mom, baby found dead after house fire

    FIRST ON 3: Police looking for man after Columbus mom, baby found dead after house fire

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 5:12 PM EDT2014-08-26 21:12:09 GMT
    Police are searching for suspect Brandon Connor. Before the fire, Rosella Mitchell is believed to have suffered from life threatening stabbing wounds.Police are searching for suspect Brandon Connor. Before the fire, Rosella Mitchell is believed to have suffered from life threatening stabbing wounds.
    Police are searching for Brandon Conner, 35, who is wanted for murder.
    Police are searching for Brandon Conner, 35, who is wanted for murder.
  • Murder suspect turns himself in after Columbus mom, baby found dead in house fire

    Murder suspect turns himself in after Columbus mom, baby found dead in house fire

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 11:37 PM EDT2014-08-27 03:37:59 GMT
    The man suspected of killing a Columbus mother and baby found after a house fire last week has turned himself in to police, his attorney tells News 3.Defense Attorney Mark Shelnutt tells News 3 that Brandon Conner, 35, turned himself in late Tuesday night after police named him a suspect in the death of Rosella Mitchell and her 6-month-old son Dylan Conner.Remains believed to be that of Mitchell and her 6-month-old son were found after a house fire at 1324 Winifred Lane last Thursday. Mitchel...
    The man suspected of killing a Columbus mother and baby found after a house fire last week has turned himself in to police, his attorney tells News 3.Defense Attorney Mark Shelnutt tells News 3 that Brandon Conner, 35, turned himself in late Tuesday night after police named him a suspect in the death of Rosella Mitchell and her 6-month-old son Dylan Conner.Remains believed to be that of Mitchell and her 6-month-old son were found after a house fire at 1324 Winifred Lane last Thursday. Mitchel...
  • Meriwether County man murdered during apparent robbery

    Meriwether County man murdered during apparent robbery

    Monday, August 25 2014 4:41 PM EDT2014-08-25 20:41:56 GMT
    Two individuals believed to be connected with a Meriwether County murder were caught on surveillance camera in Newnan.Two individuals believed to be connected with a Meriwether County murder were caught on surveillance camera in Newnan.
    Local and state investigators release surveillance images of suspects believed to be connected with a Meriwether County murder investigation.
    Local and state investigators release surveillance images of suspects believed to be connected with a Meriwether County murder investigation.
Watch Live Watch Live Religious services
Powered by WorldNow

1350 13th Avenue
Columbus, GA 31901

Telephone: 706.323.3333
Fax: 706.327.6655
Email: news@wrbl.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.