Controversial Georgia gun bill raises concerns

by Tom George, 13WMAZ.com  |  published on April 3, 2014

On the last day of the Georgia General Assembly, the House and Senate passed HB60, a controversial gun measure that would allow weapons in most public places.

The bill would allow Georgians with carry permits to bring guns everywhere from some public buildings to bars. It would also allow citizens with carry permits who accidentally bring a weapon through airport security to leave with their weapon without any punishment.

HB60 also allows churches to “opt in” to allow licensed gun owners to bring weapons into church.

Some say it’s an issue of security. “I think you really need to have somebody who can stop somebody from killing a lot of people,” says churchgoer Molly Croft.

But one priest says the idea of guns in churches goes against his church’s non-violent teachings. “There’s a tension between our current political system and what the gospel actually teaches,” says Father Theophan Buck of St. Innocent Orthodox Church in Macon.

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