Georgia Passes ‘Guns Everywhere’ Bill

    TINLEY PARK, IL - FEBRUARY 13:  Dan Egar helps a customer shop for a handgun on February 13, 2014 in Tinley Park, Illinois. Nationwide, sales of guns and ammunition have dropped about 50 percent from the same period last year when dealers had difficulty keeping their stores stocked as customers bought up supplies fearing increased regulation and restrictions after a series highly publicized shootings.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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    One of the biggest expansions of gun rights was signed into law Wednesday by Republican Gov. Nathan Deal of Georgia. Dubbed by critics as the “guns everywhere” bill, it will now allow Georgians to carry firearms in schools, bars, churches, and government buildings. The NRA has called it “the most comprehensive pro-gun reform bill in state history,” and even achieved bipartisan support. Deal did argue that the bill was not as expansive as it originally was, emphasizing the change for religious leaders to opt-in to allowing guns, whereas the original bill required them to permit firearms. “There are always opportunities for people to use any piece of legislation as a political tool if they don’t like it. But there was bipartisan support for the bill. The main story that should come out of it is the final product is significantly different from earlier versions,” said Deal.

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