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Shooting death at restaurant prompts call to act on security, safety

Emphasis mine. For those who don't remember the bad old days before GCO, one of the big prohibitions in Georgia was that carrying in any restaurant that served alcohol was prohibited even if the carrier wasn't drinking. GCO's first major legislative victory in 2008 got that restriction repealed, and while the bill was proceeding through the General Assembly, the Georgia Restaurant Association fought tooth and nail against that change. They lobbied hard to keep their members' establishments "gun-free zones" (at least for non-murderers), regardless of what the owners of the establishments wanted. After they lost that battle, they published anti-gun signs and distributed them to their members to encourage them to ban guns on their private property.

Now that one of their members' employees has been shot to death (spoiler alert: not by a GWCL holder), they're concerned with security. But not a word about allowing employees to defend themselves, except for hiring off-duty police officers for security.

The GRA's safety seminar was a first step. GRA plans follow-up event in February in partnership with the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Maybe GCO can co-host the follow-up event and offer security suggestions :lol:
 

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I REALLY, really, r e a l l y would like to see GeorgiaCarry.Org launch an education campaign directed at owners of bars and restaurants that serve alcohol, informing them of the much more tolerant laws about carrying weapons that we've gotten in the last 10 years, especially the end of the "public gathering law" and bars no longer off-limits.

Mail them postcards, invite them to watch an online video (3 minute version), give them a link to a longer and more detailed video presentation, and offer to mail them a flyer or some other printed material they can put in the manager's office. Maybe ask them if they're interested in attending a seminar on the subject, and ask if they have a banquet room and can play host to the event.

As much as I like hardcore gun lovers like us having more freedom to carry in more places, I think society would be better off by getting a bunch of NEW people carrying. Many of those people are already gun owners, just not gun-toters. And so many bosses think

(1) Guns are illegal in public places / public gatherings.
(2) Guns are especially illegal where alcohol is served or sold.
(3) They would automatically be liable if any gun-toting fool shot the wrong person, intentionally or by accident, and thus from an insurance and civil liability standpoint, they have to ban guns as a matter of sound business judgment.
 
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QUOTE: Now that one of their members' employees has been shot to death (spoiler alert: not by a GWCL holder)...


MY REPLY: aaaaaand THAT is the best reason NOT to go with "constitutional carry" and get rid of the license requirement entirely. Every gang member, dope warlord, jihadist, and plain old psychopath that murders somebody would be classified as one of us-- one of those "law abiding citizens" who was merely exercising his rights, without infringement, up until he became a felon by murdering that person that day.
 
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