Leave it to one of the most "backwards" states in the country to create an environment that will place everyone of it's citizens in danger; be it in church, the library, or the local super market.
Georgia crime statistics indicate a total upward trend in crime based on data from 11 years when violent crime was increasing and property crime was increasing.
Based on this report, the crime rate in Georgia for 2014 is expected to be higher than in 2010 when the state violent crime rate was higher than the national violent crime rate average by 25.04% and the state property crime rate was higher than the national property crime rate average by 44.34%.
People will be able to carry firearms in government buildings that don't have metal detectors, such as city halls, libraries, recreational centers, city office buildings and fire stations. The Georgia Municipal Association, which represents the state's 538 cities, asked Deal to veto it. "Local elected officials are responsible for securing and maintaining public safety, and insurance coverage, in buildings owned and operated by the city. Therefore, they should have the authority to make a decision about whether to allow weapons in such buildings," GMA said in a letter to Deal.
The new law removes a restriction that prevented those convicted of certain misdemeanors from getting a gun permit. And in a provision that has some law enforcement officials concerned, police will not be able to detain a person "for the sole purpose of investigating whether such a person has a weapons carry license."
As Deal signed the bill in Ellijay, a community of 1,600 about 65 miles north of Atlanta, the Georgia Gun Sense Coalition had an event in downtown Atlanta that included a moment of silence for all gun victims. In 2011, the most recent available, gunfire killed 1,175 people in Georgia, including 443 who were murdered, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.