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Monday, May 12, 2014 - 11:44am

Poll Shows Georgia Voters Like Guns, But Aren't Fans Of The New Gun Law

A new poll from the Atlanta Journal Constitution shows Georgia voters disapprove of the state’s new gun laws, despite being more likely to own guns or believing gun ownership helps protect people.

The poll, conducted by Abt SRBI of New York, surveyed 1,012 adults statewide between May 5 and May 8.

Fifty-nine percent of the poll’s respondents gave H.B. 60, or the Safe Carry Protection Act, a thumbs down. The bill, more commonly known as the “guns everywhere” bill, will allow licensed gun owners to carry firearms in many churches, bars, and government buildings.

It will also allow military men and women age 18 and older permission to obtain a license to carry a firearm. Under current law, applicants must be at least 21 years old to be granted a gun permit.

Fifty-seven percent of Georgia voters say they believe owning a gun helps protect people from crime. A majority of the people polled — 55 percent — say they or someone they live with owns a gun. Only 35 percent said gun ownership puts people’s safety at risk.

The law goes into effect July 1.