Berean Baptist Church is an unassuming white building just off Interstate 20 in Social Circle. The church is fairly young, having taken over the property from another congregation a few years ago. But the decision to allow guns onto their grounds come July 1, could put Berean Baptist on the map.
The Georgia Safe Carry Protection Act empowers licensed gun owners to bring their weapons into all government-owned buildings, if and when they are open to the public. Officials in Macon say at least one performer is threatening to pull out of an upcoming concert at one of two city-owned venues because there could be guns in the crowd.
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.
The ink is dry and H.B. 60 is no longer the “gun bill”. It took two sessions and an untold amount of private and public wrangling, but Georgia’s “Safe Carry Protection Act”, more commonly known as the “guns everywhere” bill, is now law. Governor Nathan Deal signed the bill on Wednesday, during a ceremony in Ellijay, Georgia. Hundreds of supporters, including members of Georgia Carry, attended the signing and held a bbq afterwards. GPB News reporter Jeanne Bonner, who has covered the bill since this year’s legislative session, says the ceremony had the “feel of a campaign rally.”
Governor Deal signed a sweeping gun bill Wednesday, expanding the places where people can carry firearms in Georgia. The Safe Carry Protection Act, more commonly known as the “guns everywhere” bill, will allow licensed gun owners to carry firearms in many churches, bars, and government buildings. During the signing ceremony in Ellijay, Gov. Deal said he was putting into law a gun bill that heralds “self-defense, personal liberties, and public safety.”