Some businesses worried about new Georgia gun law

News 12 @ 6 o'clock/ Tuesday, July 1, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Some of you might now be carrying more than just keys and wallets.

Georgia's new gun law takes effect today. Registered gun owners can carry in bars, restaurants, and even churches, that allow it. But quite a few business owners are sticking to their guns and saying no way.

Today has been a day Chuck Williamson has been worried about for some time. "I think a lot of people were very alarmed when they heard about that," said Williamson.

He's talking about the new gun law. And as the CEO of Serenity Behavioral Health, he knew from the start, guns aren't an option here. "A person was killed on the steps of this very building as a result of someone carrying a firearm," he said.

So even though you can carry guns where you once couldn't, things at serenity, won't change. And to make sure people know that, they have installed new signs all around the campus.

Melvin La Pan with Fast Signs says orders for signs started coming in the last few weeks. "We've definitely seen a lot more signs that say please don't bring weapons in here," he said.

But he doesn't think they'll do much good. "People who break the law all the time they're not gonna listen to a sign," La Pan said.

But Williamson says, these signs, could make a world of difference. "Because they're a reminder. They're something more visible to remind people," he said.

Already, Richmond County Schools also have signs up around the schools. There are some leading up from the streets and on the doors to make sure visitors know, no weapons are allowed.


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