Georgia Loosens Restriction on Concealed Carry

May 14, 2008

Gun control is a hot issue and those of us who hunt and fish follow it closely. That said you had better check out how Georgia loosened their concealed carry laws. Specifically they now allow concealed weapons by individuals holding a concealed carry permit in places like restaurants, public transportation (e.g. buses) and state and local parks to name a few. I should make it clear the law does outlaw having a concealed weapon in a restaurant when drinking alcohol. While I agree on the whole, it does raise some questions:

  • Should restaurant wait staff have to ask if a patron is packing heat before serving alcohol?
  • Does it make sense to allow guns in state parks where you can camp and be drinking alcohol?
  • What about the situation where a person goes into a restaurant without a gun, has a few drinks then moves on to another restaurant where they don’t drink?

This, as always, is a hotly contested issue and one I encourage everybody to get educated on. While I do believe in the issuing of concealed carry permits, it isn’t without some concern and I’m going to be interested in how other states will react to this news.

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2 Responses to Georgia Loosens Restriction on Concealed Carry

  1. ch0p5 on May 18, 2008 at 8:29 am

    Tricky subject. I am all for our right to bear arms and my wife just recently went through the hoops (We live in Idaho) and got her concealed permit. I don’t have one, but she is home alone a lot in the fall while I am gone hunting. In that situation, I think it’s a good thing. Guns and booze are a bad mix though.

  2. kenhump on June 1, 2008 at 11:41 pm

    Some might say that in a civilized society guns aren’t needed. In 65 years on the north side of the lawn I’ve found civilization to be grossly overrated and wildly optimistic.

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