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Georgia governor signs expansion of gun laws

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 01:21

April 24 - Georgia has a new gun law that expands the rights of licensed gun owners in the state and will allow them to take their weapons into various public places. Vanessa Johnston reports.

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Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed a broad expansion of gun carry rights into law Wednesday. It allows legal gun owners, under certain conditions, to take weapons into government buildings, bars, even churches... SOUNDBITE (English) GEORGIA GOVERNOR NATHAN DEAL SAYING: " America today cherishes this right, so that people who follow the rules can protect themselves and their families from those who don't." The law also permits hunters to use silencers and for schools to authorize their staff to carry guns on campus. Critics say the law gives gun owners too much leeway. SOUNDBITE (English) MEMBER OF GUN SENSE COALITION, KATHRYN GRANT, SAYING: "This is a sad day for Georgia, not a day to celebrate. A dangerous law that will now put the lives of Georgians and all who visit our state at risk." Under the new law, a person carrying a firearm is no longer required to show proof of a permit to police. SOUNDBITE (English) PUBLIC SAFETY DIRECTOR OF ATLANTA'S DEKALB COUNTY, CEDRIC ALEXANDER, SAYING: "Even if it's not covered up, it's out in the open, we can no longer walk up to him and say, do you have a license to go with that weapon? There has to be some other extenuating circumstances that bring us to that person." Guns are still not permitted on college campuses in Georgia. The new law goes into effect on July 1st.

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Georgia governor signs expansion of gun laws

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 01:21