NEWBIE FIRST POST: Hi everyone, I am new to posting but have been reading your stuff for a few months now before I joined today. Some good discussions going on here and thought I would take this opportunity to say a few words and get some feedback on something that troubles me. I have seen similar questions like this, but not defined or answered so let me try it this way. I started carrying about a month ago and I must say I am quite annoyed with what "I have to know", and more so what "I have to guess" having the priveledge of carrying a gun. Why are the laws so vague? Why is it police are scared to answer questions in fear of a law suit? Why it is most police officers don't even know the correct answers and you can get 4 different answers asking 4 different officers? Their usual answer is â€œI wouldnâ€™t know, I carry because I am a cop and I can carry anywhere I want so it never occurred to me to find out where I could carry as a civilian with a permit.â€ My first post here will be on the topic of "Places off limits" I apologize in advance for its length. Now I somewhat understand <cough> the "Public Gathering" law and that shopping is not considered as a "Public Gathering" even though you are there for the specific purpose of â€œspending moneyâ€ or showing up for a 50% off saleâ€¦ but my question is specifically within the malls. You can carry at one mall but not another. Discover Mills I think it was mentioned specifically because of a place inside that serves alcohol, a church and some army recruiting center. Now this is where my question is but let me say this firstâ€¦. I can go into the restaurant at a mall and have an alcoholic beverage, but I cannot take my alcoholic beverage with me out of the establishment into the mall and walk around with it. I am bound to the 4 walls of the restaurant and must consume it before I leave. I cannot pass through the doors and exit the establishment with an alcoholic beverage in my possession. I can not walk out the outside using the outer exit door to go straight to my car and finish my drink in the parking lot along the way, I cannot exit to walk outside with a alcoholic beverage to have a smoke taking it with me so my waitress doesnâ€™t throw it out before I return to the table, I cannot walk out the mall entrance doors at the rear of the restaurant into the mall and throw my bottle or plastic cup out in the first trash can I see after I finish the last swig of it. If I walk outside or around the mall with a drink I would be in violation of one or many laws they could think up. (Public drinking, drinking in public, disorderly conduct, public drunkennessâ€¦ blah, blah, blahâ€¦.) HERE IS MY QUESTION: If "Malls" in general are not a place deemed as public gatherings (except when a concert or some â€œorganized eventâ€ is going on outside once in a while) If I am NOT in the restaurant that is serving alcohol by the drink, have NOT been to the restaurant or had anything to drink, (Remember now that if I had or did choose to have a drink I am restricted to that restaurant and the alcohol must remain in that restaurant except when it leaves in my tummy). Then why the heck would that mall be off limits to carry a gun just because some restaurant that serves alcohol is in some wing of the mall that I did not and do not care to go in nor have I been there? Also that it applies to ALL the wings of that mall or anywhere even in the parking lot of such an establishment. That establishment has no affiliation with the mall, they are just a tenant paying rent in their little squared off section like any other store in thereâ€¦. Same goes for the church or army recruiting center inside the mall as long as I keep my distance from it and not enter their doors. They canâ€™t solicit, recruit or preach outside their store doors because they are not renting the lobby or area by the fountain etcâ€¦ that is for outside vending and they pay for a table â€œor spaceâ€ in the middle of the floor or along the walkways and pay slightly less rent. That to me would be the same as enforcing a law when I walk down the street and walk in front of a bar but donâ€™t go inside, I can be charged with a crime even though I did not enter it? If I didnâ€™t go in there, if I am not inside the place in question, how is it a crime or in violation of anything or why would this restrict me from carrying there? I asked this same question to several officers on the Lawrenceville Police department and Gwinnett County PD. Probably totaled about 7 or 8 counting both agencies over a month or so as I ran into them in the streets. Not about slipping and falling, but regarding â€œCarrying At The Mallâ€ <smile>. I asked this face to face when I saw them to receive an honest answer and not be mistaken as some â€œFreak On The Phoneâ€ as I think they suspected a few months prior when I tried to call these agencies on the phone. Of course I had to Preamble saying: â€œThis is off the record, just an opinion, please answer as if you were not a public official and I understand this is only your opinion and not legal adviceâ€. They ALL simply told me â€œI was unaware that you could carry at any mall in Georgia, that is a public gathering and I would definitely have to lock you up or site you for itâ€ One or two simply said â€œI would just ask you to leave if you didnâ€™t act cocky or cause a scene, but as far as I am aware you cannot carry inside ANY mallâ€¦â€ Most everyone asked openly admitted to not knowing the answer because as a cop they can carry anywhere they want without restrictions, so they never bothered to be concerned with "where they can't carry" or "what places we civillians could not carry". So what is one to do here? It makes no senseâ€¦.. Let me sum it up with an example for youâ€¦â€¦ Example: I go to the mall and pass by a restaurant. After passing their doors I slip and fall 5 feet past their doors on the mall floor because some kid wet their pants and made a small puddle on the floor. Can I sue the restaurant closest to the puddle? Example: I go INSIDE the restaurant to have a drink or eat, I walk through and out their doors, exiting the restaurant and slip and fall 5 feet past their doors on the mall floor because some kid wet their pants and made a small puddle on the floor. Can I sue the restaurant closest to the puddle? Now remember, we are not talking about a public street or residence with certain footages from the street with â€œright of wayâ€ conflicts hereâ€¦.. Assume that the cause of the slip and fall had nothing to do with the store, was a not from a drink someone took outside the store, or someone that threw up from the food inside the store onto the mall floor. The mall is responsible for anything inside the mall. The tenantâ€™s only responsibility outside their door is to clean the glass so people can see into their store and even that is questionable if they actually do that themselves and the mall doesnâ€™t do that included in their rentâ€¦.. So what is one to do here? I have to go to some lawyer and ask a question (as many officers told me that is where I need to ask any questions) only to have him say â€œDo it, it is not illegal, if you get arrested just hire me to be your attorney and I€™ll beat it for youâ€ One would think he would do it for free after obtaining his advice right? Help on this please?