Jim Cooley was taking his daughter to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport last week. He was just like any dad dropping his daughter off, only he did it with a semi-automatic rifle slung over his chest. That led to what he says was police harassment.
Cooley said he didn’t go to the airport looking for trouble.
“That was my firearm of choice that day. For no specific reason other than I carry a firearm for safety,” he said.
Police officers in Marietta are using 3D glasses and guns that shoot laser beams to learn how to make better, split-second decisions around the use of deadly force.
In light of recent high-profile deaths – Eric Garner in New York City and Michael Brown in Ferguson – the Marietta Police Department is one of 30 agencies in Georgia investing in use-of-force simulators.
In one simulation, Marietta Police Detective Mike Freer and Michael Malcolm enter a dark warehouse.
Weapons should not be used to celebrate the start of a new year.
That's the messages authorities across the state are stressing this week.
“Firing a piece of lead into the air, when it comes down, it’s going to come down with the same velocity that it went up. And if someone is under it, you could have serious injury or you could have death,” says Julian Miller, a spokesman for the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department.
In 2010, a stray bullet killed four-year-old Marquel Peters in Decatur.
Georgia's revised gun law, allowing guns to be carried in many places where they were previously prohibited, went into effect today. It allows guns to be carried in airports, government buildings, bars, restaurants and even churches -- if the particular church agrees to "opt in" and allow guns.
Below is an infographic showing some of the changes and provisions in the new law. For more detailed discussions, we've assembled a compilation our earlier articles.
Starting tomorrow, the law opponents have referred to as the “guns everywhere” bill goes into effect. Among other things, the law allows permitted gun holders to carry firearms in bars, some churches and government buildings without security.
It's been 50 years since "Freedom Summer" and the drive to register black voters across Mississippi. The events and forces that shaped that movement are recounted in a new book by former civil rights organizer and veteran journalist Charles E. Cobb Jr., entitled, "This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed--How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible" (Basic Books, 2014). Recently, the author spoke with WABE's Steve Goss...
A Georgia gun rights group says those with conceal carry permits can soon legally take their weapons into school safety zones as a result of a bill recently signed by Governor Nathan Deal. But last week, Attorney General Sam Olens and Governor Deal said another gun bill overrides provisions in that law that would allow for campus carry.
Some local cities and counties are exploring whether to add metal detectors or police officers to government buildings without security. The effort comes after Governor Nathan Deal recently signed a bill allowing those with concealed weapons permits to carry guns into unsecured government buildings.
Georgia’s new gun law, HB 60, allows permit holders to carry concealed weapons into a church—but only if the church specifically allows it. Some local religious leaders who oppose the law, however, are taking no chances.
Today, Governor Nathan Deal signed a sweeping bill to expand gun rights in Georgia. Opponents have dubbed it the “guns everywhere bill” and protested the signing during a press conference held at a church near the Georgia Capitol.
Will a lawsuit filed by the Rainbow Push Coalition and others challenging Georgia’s so called “Stand Your Ground” law be dismissed over a technicality?
Last month, a group hoping to intervene in the case asked a federal judge to dismiss it because it claimed Georgia’s Attorney General and Governor Nathan Deal were never served with the lawsuit. But attorneys filing the lawsuit responded this week and said they attempted to serve both state officials.
We have put together a summary of the key provisions of the new gun law that was passed in the waning hours of this year's General Assembly and which is now awaiting Gov. Deal's signature. The summary appears below as an image.
Unlike last year, House and Senate lawmakers this year reached a deal on legislation to expand gun rights in places like bars, churches, and some government buildings. The bill now goes to Governor Deal’s desk.
The Georgia House agreed with the Senate Version of the bill during the last hour of legislative session. That led to this announcement by Senator Bill Heath:
“Mr. President I believe that the House has finally come along in representing Georgia’s gun owners and protecting themselves.”
Gun control advocates Wednesday rallied against legislative efforts to expand areas where people can carry firearms one day after the Georgia House of Representatives attempted to force the hand of the Senate on controversial gun legislation.
The state House is trying to force the hand of their Senate colleagues on sweeping gun legislation.
In a surprise move Tuesday, the House removed a provision that would have reduced the penalty for gun permit holders if caught carrying on a college campus. Then, it attached that bill to a separate piece of legislation and sent it to the Senate for an immediate floor vote.
The Georgia House approved a controversial bill aimed at easing gun restrictions in a wide range of places, including bars, churches, college campuses, and Hartsfield Airport.
On the House floor, Rep. Dustin Hightower, R-Carrollton, said the bill is about basic constitutional rights.
“We get asked over and over why do we constantly talk about gun rights and the Second Amendment and my answer is simple - because there are others who are constantly trying to take our rights away,” said Hightower.
A bill seeking to loosen gun carry rules in Georgia's bars, churches, and college campuses cleared a House committee Thursday.
After two days of packed hearings and emotional testimony, the Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee voted in favor of House Bill 875. It would expand gun carry areas to bars, churches, and some government buildings.
A controversial bill that would expand the list of areas where people with permits can carry guns has hit a major snag in the state General Assembly after the legislature’s lawyers said a key proposal could be unconstitutional.
The problem lies in the “opt in” measure, which would allow college presidents to decide whether permit holders could carry weapons on campus.
A Georgia group that advocates for the rights of gun owners wants to put a stop to a lawsuit challenging Georgia’s "Stand Your Ground" law. The lawsuit was just filed by the Georgia Push Coalition and two other plaintiffs.
GeorgiaCarry.Org filed a motion on Tuesday asking a federal judge to allow the organization to participate in the lawsuit. The gun rights group also filed another motion asking for the lawsuit to be dismissed Jerry Henry is executive director of GeorgiaCarry.Org.