New GA gun law goes into effect July 1

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - A new Georgia law goes into effect Tuesday, giving people more rights when it comes to guns.

"It makes it much easier for people to legally carry a firearm and clears up misunderstanding in the law," said Donald Edwards, a guns rights activist.

House Bill 60, or the Safe Carry Protection Act of 2014, specifies where Georgia residents can carry weapons.

"The constitution, we feel, is pretty clear," Edwards said. "The right of the Second Amendment says that the right to keep and bear arms shouldn't be infringed."

The bill includes provisions that allow Georgians who have concealed carry permits to take guns into some bars, churches, school zones, government buildings and certain parts of airports.

"There's a lot of misconception about the bill," Edwards said. "People think that churches are suddenly mandated - that they have to allow parishioners to carry in the church - and that's not so at all. It just returns the decision to the church leadership. Just as it should be."

While the bill is receiving opposition from liberals, gun rights activists feel that they are unfairly targeting people who choose to carry openly.

"I don't know of one time, in the history of this country, where a bad person has ever respected the law," Edwards said. "You can't legislate morality or insanity. People who are intent on doing bad things to innocent people don't respect the law."

Deal also said the bill will allow soldiers to obtain a carry license at age 18 if they've completed basic training and are either actively serving or have been honorably discharged.

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