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Macon-Bibb could send letter to lawmakers on GA gun law

Macon-Bibb commissioners say they want to send a letter to state representatives, expressing opposition and concern for the state's new gun law, recently signed by Governor Nathan Deal.

Starting July 1, the law would allow licensed gunholders to bring guns into some government buildings, that don't have screening or metal detectors.

The law says churches and schools can decide if they will allow guns, but the county will no longer be able to ban guns at events like the Cherry Blossom Festival or inside the Macon Centreplex.

Some commissioners told 13WMAZ they have concerns about what the law means for public safety and loss of revenue.

"I'm not sure that certain performers will want to come and perform in certain facilities where guns are allowed in," Commissioner Al Tillman said.

"If I didn't live in Georgia and I was with some tourist group or convention, considering a place to go, I'd eliminate Georgia first for these gun laws," Commissioner Bert Bivins said.

The executive director of GeorgiaCarry.org, Jerry Henry, told 13WMAZ there's nothing stopping people from entering buildings or public places with weapons now.

Commissioner Mallory Jones says there still need to be preventive measures in place.

"You also need deterrence. It's just like at your home. You wouldn't say, 'Well if someone really wants to break in, they will, so you say, 'I'm just not going to lock our doors.' That doesn't make any sense. We typically lock our door, we have an alarm system. We use that. We want something to deter them or slow them down," Jones said.

Macon-Bibb's public safety committee is expected to discuss the new gun law again at its meeting next Tuesday.


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