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Governor signs controversial gun bill into law

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ELLIJAY, Ga. (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has signed legislation expanding where people with licenses to carry can bring their guns in Georgia.

A few hundred gun rights advocates gathered for Wednesday's bill signing in Ellijay with top officials including House Speaker David Ralston and bill sponsor Rep. Rick Jasperse.

The bill makes several changes to state law. It allows those with a license to carry to bring a gun into a bar without restriction and into some government buildings that don't have certain security measures. It also allows religious leaders to decide whether it's OK for a person with a carry license to bring a gun into their place of worship.

And school districts would now be able, if they want, to allow some employees to carry a firearm under certain conditions.

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According to the bill:
  • gun owners will be allowed to carry guns in churches, as long as the congregation approves.
  • guns will be allowed in bars unless the bar forbids it.
  • guns will be allowed in non-secure area in the airport.
  • gun located in secure areas of the airport will be confiscated.
  • gun owners will be permitted to carry in gov't buildings without security checkpoints.
  • officers aren't allowed to force gun owners to present permits.
Lawmakers were unable to pass to section of the bill which permitted guns on college campuses.

Critics of this bill say it strengthens the "Stand Your Ground" law in Georgia. And the NRA is calling this "most comprehensive pro-gun reform legislation in recent state history."

After Deal signs the bill, he will hold a "campaign style" barbecue. Opponents of the bill will be holding a rally at a downtown church on Wednesday afternoon.


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