News12 First at Five/ 4-24-14
Augusta,Ga (WRDW)-----Richmond County Schools are responding to a new Georgia law that could allow guns on school campuses. Dr. Carol Roundtree tells us school board members will have to vote to allow it, but some are already talking about putting up signs continuing the ban of weapons on school property.
The law also gives gun permit owners the right to carry in churches and bars. Governor Deal signed a new deal that expands where you can bring weapons.
Churches, bar owners and school boards now have the choice to allow guns on their property.
You can't bring a weapon to government buildings that have security check points, but if they this new law states you can. "Some of the government facilities, I do have a little bit of concern with, but it is the law of the land and we will abide by it. We will do whatever we can to keep our city employees safe," said Mayor Deke Copenhaver.
The Richmond County Marshall's Office tells us they're reviewing their policies and the new law to see if they will make any security changes at the Municipal building and the Courthouse.
Richmond County Schools tell us they could continue to ban guns on school grounds.
We hit the streets to find out what voters think about the new law. "The person that's doing the shooting in the church do you know if they're well qualified to return fire without shooting someone else in the church," said Kirk Barnes.
"The only concern I have is that their is so many crazy people out there. I would just hate for a young child to get hurt," said Valerie Kimmel.
"I appreciate the emphasis on freedom, but there's a lot of problems that can be solved. This doesn't encourage any kind of solution," said Tim Ludwick.
Just hours after the new bill became law, the Stricklands decided to apply for their concealed weapons permits. Josh Strickland says he's glad these new laws allow him to bring a gun in more places.
"If someone with an assault rifle came out and started shooting. I would take actions to defend myself and anyone else who's life is in danger," said Josh Strickland.