Now that Georgia carry permit holders can (as of July 1) carry their concealed weapons into bars, government buildings and even churches, is the pistol-packing portion of the General Assembly satisfied?
Apparently, says Rep. Tommy Benton.
Responding to a question about what gun law Georgians can look forward to in 2015 after a presentation May 14 to the Commerce Area Business Association, Benton said he expects none.
“I don’t look for there to be any more from now on,” he said. “I really don’t. I think a big majority of people are very happy with what was passed. Everybody I talked to was for it.”
The bill expanded the places where people can carry concealed guns, even to churches — if the churches “opt in” and let their congregants bring firearms.
“You’re a sitting duck in church if somebody decides they want to do something,” the 10-year holder of the District 31 seat in the Georgia House of Representatives declared. He pointed out that the new bill has language prohibiting the issuance of permits to those with a history of hospitalization for mental illness.
“If someone was admitted to a mental facility, I don’t think they ought to carry,” he said. “They will carry, but they won’t be carrying legally. The thugs and the crooks have been carrying guns for years.”
For the full story on Benton's talk, see the May 28 edition of The Commerce News.