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New Georgia Gun Law: Does 'Carry Everywhere' Rule Have Any Restrictions?

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In this May 5, 2013 file photo, Sydni Lee, from Georgia, fires her Glock 19 at the Bulls Eye Marksman Gun Club range in Cumming, Georgia. Women are reportedly the fastest growing segment of Americans becoming gun owners. (Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/MCT/Landov)

By    |   Sunday, 30 Nov 2014 06:56 PM

Georgia's Safe Carry Protection Act of 2014, dubbed the "guns everywhere" law by critics, expanded where residents can carry firearms, allowing those who have concealed carry permits to take guns into bars, schools, churches, federal buildings, and some parts of airports.

"Roughly 500,000 Georgia citizens have a permit of this kind, which is approximately 5 percent of our population,” Deal told constituents at the public signing of the bill.

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The law permits residents to carry guns into local churches and bars where they haven’t been banned. However, anyone bringing a weapon into a church in which they are prohibited would only have to pay a fine of up $100.

Though the law states that no one is allowed to carry a weapon past the airport security checkpoint at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport — the world’s busiest —it does permit guns in places such as public parking, shops, walkways, and areas of the terminal outside the screening checkpoint.

"Individuals who bring firearms to security checkpoints are referred to law enforcement and are subject to criminal penalties,” TSA spokesman Ross Feinstein told CNN. “However, TSA has the ability to impose a civil penalty."

Citizens of Georgia face very few restrictions when it comes to the purchase, ownership, and carrying of firearms. According to the NRA-ILA, you only need a permit to carry a handgun but not for a rifle or shotgun.

“The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed, but the General Assembly shall have power to prescribe the manner in which arms may be borne,” says a state constitutional provision.

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