Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal will sign a controversial gun bill Wednesday in Ellijay at a ceremony and luncheon that’s expected to attract many supporters and double as a Second Amendment rally.
The so-called ‘guns everywhere’ bill will allow firearms in many churches, bars and government buildings. The bill will also bar sheriffs from asking someone with a gun if he or she has a license. Under the new bill, schools would have the option of deciding if teachers or administrators should be armed. The state will also have to report within 10 days Georgians’ involuntary commitments to hospitals.
The bill has generated a lot of national media attention, in part because it will combine guns and prayers – something folks in other states might not put together. An earlier version of the bill also included a provision that raised hackles: campus carry. College presidents, the state’s Board of Regents and others intervened a second year in a row to dissuade lawmakers from allowing guns on public university campuses.
Gun advocates caution against portraying Georgia as the Wild, Wild West now that the bill is about to become law on July 1. That’s because there are other states with less stringent firearms possession laws.