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Parents gun shy of gun law


OK to carry guns at parks


April 25, 2014
FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — A man carrying a gun in his belt’s holster at Fowler Park had a lot of concerned parents calling the authorities.

“We were getting a call every five minutes,” said Deputy Doug Rainwater, a spokesman for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.

The incident unfolded at the United Futbol Academy soccer field at Fowler Park on Monday and Tuesday, April 21 and April 22. The man walked up to the spectator benches and stood there with his gun in his holster in his belt — getting a lot of people’s attention.

“This person claims to have been exercising at the park while carrying a knife on Monday and then returning with a firearm on Tuesday,” said a United Futbol Academy board member in a news release to parents. “We need to understand that they don’t want to harm anyone and it’s best to just leave them alone, don’t engage them and hope they move on.”

The sheriff’s office has increased patrols at the park, not for the man, but to assure parents they are in the park, Rainwater said.

“A park is one of those places where you can openly carry a weapon if you do have a permit,” Rainwater said. “A lot of parents with their kids at Fowler Park don’t understand that in Georgia you do have that right.”

Iggy Moleka, a United Futbol Academy executive board member, said that training was canceled on Wednesday, April 23, but would resume on April 24.

“United Futbol Academy is totally neutral on this Second Amendment,” Moleka said in an email to the Forsyth Herald. “Our concern is our kids and our members.”

Rainwater said it’s unclear why the man was at the park, but he did not break the law.

“He has not pulled the gun out,” Rainwater said. “He’s walking around the park with a gun in the holster on the belt.”

Rainwater said the law that covers carrying guns in public places such as parks dates back to 2010.

But last week, licensed gun owners in Georgia were given more leeway to carry their weapons in places that include bars, schools, churches and some government buildings.

Gov. Nathan Deal on Wednesday, April 23, signed the state’s “Safe Carry Protection Act,” which some critics call the “guns everywhere bill.”

The new law goes into effect July 1 and allows licensed gun owners in the state and visitors from 28 other states to bring a gun into a bar without restrictions and carry a firearm into some government buildings that don’t have security measures.

It also allows school districts to decide whether they want some employees to carry a firearm and religious leaders to decide whether to allow licensed gun owners at their church, synagogue or mosque.

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    Another good reason
    April 25, 2014 | 08:07 PM

    Another good reason not to go to bars, or churches.

    Johns Creek
    Johns Creek
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    Article
    April 26, 2014 | 08:52 AM

    I'm so ashamed of so many of my fellow amerikans. They've become such wussies!



    Diamondback
    Everytown
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    Open Carry
    April 27, 2014 | 03:26 PM

    Open carry should be legal all over the U.S.A.

    Parker Orfield
    viper581@hotmail.com
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    Without restrictions?
    April 27, 2014 | 04:53 PM

    "The new law goes into effect July 1 and allows licensed gun owners in the state and visitors from 28 other states to bring a gun into a bar without restrictions and carry a firearm into some government buildings that don't have security measures."

    A permit holder is prohibited from drinking alcohol in a bar or restaurant that sells it while carrying a firearm, that is not "without restriction". He is not required to leave a weapon in his car to be stolen while eating lunch at Olive Garden or Outback.

    ExNuke
    Meridian Ms
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    Get used to it
    April 28, 2014 | 04:26 PM

    If people were not Taught to fear guns this would be a NON issue. I Live near there and bet that there were parents there carrying concealed and some others with a weapon in their car/truck.
    If that same person would have pulled his shirt over the weapon and stood there nobody would have cared...
    Any danger levels would have been the same, but the irrational fear would be missing.

    Sled

    Sledzep01
    Cumming
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    "...Allow licensed gun owners at their church..."
    April 29, 2014 | 03:03 PM

    Aldo Nahed, I would like to agree with ExNuke's comment "Without Restrictions". It seems that this part of your article is inaccurate. Also, when you said, "It also allows...religious leaders to decide whether to allow licensed gun owners at their church, synagogue or mosque." I think you meant: whether to allow licensed gun owners to CARRY at their church. They aren't deciding whether or not people will be allowed to their facilities, just if they can carry inside their buildings. Thanks!

    Sarah
    Alpharetta
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    Dumbest law ever.
    May 02, 2014 | 12:41 PM

    Enough said.

    B
    Alpharetta
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    Awesome!
    May 04, 2014 | 01:51 PM

    Love reading this kind of news. You won't be finding any muggers around known areas where people are openly armed. Any of you gunaphobic liberals think that is NOT the case? Since liberals apologize for criminals so much and all and just call we gun owners "scared" it's just icing on the cake.

    Why don't you gunaphobes stick a big fat "my home is gun free!" sign in your front yard and see how it works out for you long term. Go ahead, I DARE you.

    JK
    Alpharetta
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    Bed wetting Liberals
    May 04, 2014 | 04:36 PM

    Liberals should move to Chicago...very strict gun laws. Good luck with your safely tho.. hahaha

    J Rock
    Cumming
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    Gun Crazed State
    May 06, 2014 | 08:14 PM

    Wow I heard America was nuts but I didn't realize how far gone until I read the comments here. Don't worry I won't be visiting so we all will be happy.

    BLT
    Macon
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    2nd Amendment
    May 07, 2014 | 11:04 AM

    Don't worry parents... I always legally carry when at Fowler Park and I will keep you safe...

    Elliot Garcia
    Milton
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    Georgia just became the US equivalent of Afghanistan.
    May 07, 2014 | 12:38 PM

    I can't wait until the first shootout at a park, bar or church happens and its plastered all over the News stations about how stupid Georgia is. Only a matter of time. More guns means less crime??? I'd like to know who did that research. Brilliant.

    BC
    Alpharetta
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    re More guns means less crime???
    May 08, 2014 | 03:02 PM

    More guns means less crime??? I'd like to know who did that research....look it up. Have a look at some of the recent FBI reports (which the media does not want to publish) that shows an increase in firearm ownership and a decrease in crime. They do not state more guns = less crime but they do show that more guns does NOT equal more crime. You are just using the same argument that has been used over and over again during the past several years as concealed carry was allowed in more and more states. Every time the anti-gunners would complain about the old west style shoot outs in the streets and guess what it does not happen. So instead of just ranting using useless arguments with no data to back it up do some research. Look at the crime rates of concealed carry holders. In several states where they did studies on crimes commit by CCW holders the rates is less than 1%.

    JB
    Alpharetta
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