News 12 at 6 o'clock/ Thursday, April 24, 2014
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- We're now learning more about the local implications after Governor Deal just signed a new gun bill into law.
More than 100 members of the Georgia House of Representatives voted to support it along with more than 30 State Senators.
News 12 got an exclusive interview with Representative Barbara Sims, R-Augusta, who says this new law won't make Georgia the wild wild west.
Representative Barbara Sims owns a gun and has a concealed weapons permit. She's one of 112 members of Georgia House of Representatives that voted for House Bill 60.
"I don't think they need a gun inside church, but you are familiar with the church that was attacked and the people in the church were killed," said Rep. Sims.
"How long is it going to take you to call the cops on your phone while someone else shoots up the congregation," asked Rep. Sims.
Sims says the Navy Yard Shooting in Washington, D.C., along with the shooting spree at a Colorado movie theater and the massacre at Newtown all influenced her decision to vote yes.
"It reinforced my vote. I don't think not one of those people had a concealed weapons permit. They weren't law abiding citizens and those were not people that abide by the law," said Rep. Sims.
She said anyone who breaks the law and brings a gun into a place that doesn't allow it can be hit with a $100 fine. She does say places that don't allow weapons should put signs visible letting people know.
"Nobody ever plans to pull out a gun and be a cowboy or cowgirl that's not what this bill is about. It's about protecting the people who abide by the law," said Rep. Sims.