New Georgia gun law requires permits on some knives

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News 12 at 11 O'clock / Thursday, August 14, 2014

Augusta, Ga. (WRDW) -- A lot more information about being armed in Georgia is coming out.

A new Georgia law gives you the right to carry a weapon in several more places and weapon doesn't have to mean gun.

It feels like you're right back in school as people gather in a school gym for a meeting about the Georgia gun law signed in April. Everyone's listening, taking notes, and raising their hands to ask a question. However, the teacher isn't talking math or history; he's talking law. Georgia's gun law to be exact.

Just about every seat was taken at Thursday's meeting hosted by State Representative Wayne Howard and Richmond County Marshal Steve Smith.

For months now guns have been legal in some bars, restaurants, and even government buildings, but it was news to busy mom Nan Shaefer who's learning didn't stop there.

"Well the knives. How the knives came into play in this bill," Shaefer said.

Any blade longer than 5 inches with a handle could now require a permit. It's a concern Shaefer wanted clarified because she's been known to whip up treats for family at picnics and cook outs.

"Got a good answer that that's not considered a weapon unless you need it to be a weapon," she told News 12.

The knife has to be made with the purpose of defense to require a permit, but that permit won't fly in South Carolina. Leaders across the river do not recognize Georgia permits. That is one of many issues State Rep. Howard has with the law. He didn't vote for it, but he hopes to see some changes.

"There's always hope. It all depends on if we can get the support," he told News 12.

It will cost you $79.25 to get your license to carry in Augusta, but make sure to bring cash because that's the only thing they will take.

Applications are taken Mon-Fri from 8:30am-3:00pm. The process takes 30 minutes at the Richmond County Probate Court.
735 James Brown Blvd. Ste. 1000
Augusta, Ga 30901
706 821 2348

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