On July 1, 2014, Georgia law HB60 went into effect. This law, termed the “Guns Everywhere” law, eased or removed the restrictions for a lawful holder of a Georgia Weapons Carry License, or a recognized reciprocal license from another state, to carry a concealed or open weapon into bars, nightclubs, and, most importantly, government buildings that lacked security devices to keep them out, such as metal detectors.
Above is a recent photo of H. Harper Station, recently rated among the best bars in Atlanta.
Above is a recent photo of the Kennesaw, Georgia City Hall.
Please note that neither photo has been retouched or edited in any way.
Also please note the distinct lack of blood flowing in the streets around either location.
To those who always claim that the easing of restrictions on lawful carry by law abiding citizens will lead to chaos, I present, instead, the facts. No increase in violence has been observed.
In fact, North Carolina today passes one year of allowing carry in bars, and they have seen the same distinct lack of the chaos predicted by the anti-gun factions.
I predict the same continued normalcy here in Georgia.
Now, will the anti-gunners use this as a learning moment? The next time we seek to improve the safety of every law abiding citizen by decreasing the number of Gun Free Victim Zones around us, will they consider rightly that history shows them to have been wrong, not only now, but many times in the past? After all, it has been over 4 years since we allowed lawful carry into restaurants, and the promised return to the Wild West never materialized then, either.
Time will tell.