If signed into Georgia Law, the proposed bill would allow licensed gun owners to carry their weapon into bars, classrooms and places of worship at the discretion of business owners, school districts and congregations, respectively. Weapons would remain banned on college campuses, however, with a fine of $100 issued to licensed carriers who were caught on campus with a gun. In addition, firearms would be allowed in non-secure areas of airports with no fine or jail time issued if brought into a secure area. The owner would simply be asked to leave the secured area immediately. In addition, legal firearms will no longer be banned in public housing. Further, the legislature states that police officers can't stop someone carrying a gun solely to see if they have a permit for the weapon- perhaps one of the biggest changes to current legislature. The bill would allow licensed visitors to Georgia from 28 other states the same freedoms as Georgia residents.
The controversial bill has caused debates for both supporters and opponents of the pending legislature. Some argue that if signed there will be increased instances of pleading “Stand Your Ground,” while others are concerned these 2nd amendment freedoms are long overdue. Opponents of the bill, including many teachers, are concerned with allowing weapons in public spaces without the opportunity for law enforcement to ask to see a permit. Some feel it could increase opportunities for disputes in places that are usually considered safe. Supporters argue that increased opportunities to legally carry a firearm will help ward off public shootings and allow those in authority to fight back and keep their institutions safe. Nationally, there are about a dozen other states currently reviewing similar legislature- some going as far as banning physicians from speaking to patients about having guns in the household. If signed, the bill would become law in Georgia on July 1.