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went to the Gladiators game last night and saw no wands or stand-ups but there were GCPD there obviously but no check points that i saw...watched to see if they were random checking and saw none either...

could be that SB308 let the restrictions loose for the games and such there but i wouldnt hold my word to that...it is a "public gathering" but that's a loose term for sporting events...guess you could always contact the offices and ask the poilcy but i bet they discourage it due to liability...


edit****...looked up the policies for the arena and it does state weapons are prohibited but that goes without saying but signs have no authority here but i'd err on the side of caution and go CCW as long as i was there...and i mean REALLY well concealed...man you couldnt imagine the panic ensued over MWAG cries in a place like that, especially with all the kids there last night!!!!
 

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could be that SB308 let the restrictions loose for the games and such there but i wouldnt hold my word to that...it is a "public gathering" but that's a loose term for sporting events...guess you could always contact the offices and ask the poilcy but i bet they discourage it due to liability...
Since when did "public gathering" become a term for sporting events? It never has meant that. Public Gatherings used to entail much more than that. Also "public gatherings" are no longer off limits for carry.

Read OCGA 16-11-127, I'll copy the entire text of it below to save you the trouble of looking it up. Do you see public gatherings mentioned?

Carefully read the portion about government buildings, including the definition of a govenrment building. Think to yourself (research if needed), does Gwinnett Arena meet that definition?

If it does not meet that definition, you are legally free to carry there.

You do not need to call ask for permission or what their policy is. If you are legal, carry.

Title 16 - CRIMES AND OFFENSES
Chapter 11 - OFFENSES AGAINST PUBLIC ORDER AND SAFETY
Article 4 - DANGEROUS INSTRUMENTALITIES AND PRACTICES
Part 3 - CARRYING AND POSSESSION OF FIREARMS

The code sections are all Copyright © 2010 by The State of Georgia

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O.C.G.A. § 16-11-127
Carrying weapons in unauthorized locations; penalty

(a) As used in this Code section, the term:

(1) "Bar" means an establishment that is devoted to the serving of alcoholic beverages for consumption by guests on the premises and in which the serving of food is only incidental to the consumption of those beverages, including, but not limited to, taverns, nightclubs, cocktail lounges, and cabarets.

(2) "Courthouse" means a building occupied by judicial courts and containing rooms in which judicial proceedings are held.

(3) "Government building" means:

(A) The building in which a government entity is housed;

(B) The building where a government entity meets in its official capacity; provided, however, that if such building is not a publicly owned building, such building shall be considered a government building for the purposes of this Code section only during the time such government entity is meeting at such building; or

(C) The portion of any building that is not a publicly owned building that is occupied by a government entity.

(4) "Government entity" means an office, agency, authority, department, commission, board, body, division, instrumentality, or institution of the state or any county, municipal corporation, consolidated government, or local board of education within this state.


(5) "Parking facility" means real property owned or leased by a government entity, courthouse, jail, prison, place of worship, or bar that has been designated by such government entity, courthouse, jail, prison, place of worship, or bar for the parking of motor vehicles at a government building or at such courthouse, jail, prison, place of worship, or bar.

(b) A person shall be guilty of carrying a weapon or long gun in an unauthorized location and punished as for a misdemeanor when he or she carries a weapon or long gun while:

(1) In a government building;

(2) In a courthouse;

(3) In a jail or prison;

(4) In a place of worship;

(5) In a state mental health facility as defined in Code Section 37-1-1 which admits individuals on an involuntary basis for treatment of mental illness, developmental disability, or addictive disease; provided, however, that carrying a weapon or long gun in such location in a manner in compliance with paragraph (3) of subsection (d) of this Code section shall not constitute a violation of this subsection;

(6) In a bar, unless the owner of the bar permits the carrying of weapons or long guns by license holders;

(7) On the premises of a nuclear power facility, except as provided in Code Section 16-11-127.2, and the punishment provisions of Code Section 16-11-127.2 shall supersede the punishment provisions of this Code section; or

(8) Within 150 feet of any polling place, except as provided in subsection (i) of Code Section 21-2-413.

(c) Except as provided in Code Section 16-11-127.1, a license holder or person recognized under subsection (e) of Code Section 16-11-126 shall be authorized to carry a weapon as provided in Code Section 16-11-135 and in every location in this state not listed in subsection (b) of this Code section; provided, however, that private property owners or persons in legal control of property through a lease, rental agreement, licensing agreement, contract, or any other agreement to control access to such property shall have the right to forbid possession of a weapon or long gun on their property, except as provided in Code Section 16-11-135. A violation of subsection (b) of this Code section shall not create or give rise to a civil action for damages.

(d) Subsection (b) of this Code section shall not apply:

(1) To the use of weapons or long guns as exhibits in a legal proceeding, provided such weapons or long guns are secured and handled as directed by the personnel providing courtroom security or the judge hearing the case;

(2) To a license holder who approaches security or management personnel upon arrival at a location described in subsection (b) of this Code section and notifies such security or management personnel of the presence of the weapon or long gun and explicitly follows the security or management personnel's direction for removing, securing, storing, or temporarily surrendering such weapon or long gun; and

(3) To a weapon or long gun possessed by a license holder which is under the possessor's control in a motor vehicle or is in a locked compartment of a motor vehicle or one which is in a locked container in or a locked firearms rack which is on a motor vehicle and such vehicle is parked in a parking facility.
 

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To add to what Adam5 said, if you are discovered carrying and are asked to leave-do so immediately!!
 

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We went to the Gladiators game Saturday night too. Other than a few GCPD there were no signs or metal detectors and it was well organized and a great venue to go to. Their web site states no weapons or firearms, but you have to search a little to find their rules of conduct.

On another note this was the first hockey game I've ever been to and man what a show!
 

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We went to the Gladiators game Saturday night too. Other than a few GCPD there were no signs or metal detectors and it was well organized and a great venue to go to. Their web site states no weapons or firearms, but you have to search a little to find their rules of conduct.

On another note this was the first hockey game I've ever been to and man what a show!
Just wanted to give an update on my recent visit. My experience was nearly identical to yours. I only saw one officer down by the players and that was it. Good family experience. This was my first time at the Arena and I thought it was a nice place.

I didn't carry this time because we were late and I didn't want to potentially make the trek back to my car and back again. Next time I will.
 

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I LC'd at a recent concert there. My better half sings the national anthem there from time to time and there is never any searches. I'll check with some of the folks there that I know well and try to feel them out.
 

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Howerpower said:
I'll check with some of the folks there that I know well and try to feel them out.
What is there to feel out or ask about? It is a legal location for carry.
 

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if they would ask you to leave or not. It is legal, but it would be great to know ahead of time if they would ask you to leave.
 

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if they would ask you to leave or not. It is legal, but it would be great to know ahead of time if they would ask you to leave.
Asking questions like that have led to no firearms signs being put up at several places.

It's legal to carry, so conceal and carry. No Problem.
 

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Howerpower said:
if they would ask you to leave or not. It is legal, but it would be great to know ahead of time if they would ask you to leave.
Asking questions like that have led to no firearms signs being put up at several places.

It's legal to carry, so conceal and carry. No Problem.
I dont mean 'officially ask about their policy'. I have a couple friends that work there...just to feel them out. However, it doesn't mean that I won't carry! :righton:
 
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Does a government entity meet or have offices in the arena?
No one answered this question yet I see. Seems to me if the building is publicly owned and any agency has an office there, the place would be off limits as a "government building". No? For that matter, the Cobb County arena where the gun shows used to (still are?) be held would be off limts it seems.

Personally, I find the "goverment building" definition still too broadly and ambiguously defined.
 

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If you ask, I'd bet dollars-to-doughnuts that they are going to say "no" at a place like that.
 

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going to Gwinnett Arena tonight for concert......

.....and will be CC'ing. My only decision is....PM9 or CW45 under an untucked shirt. Hope they don't decide to wand folks at this dangerous Christian concert......
 
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