Tuesday was the first day that the ironically named Georgia Safe Carry Protection Act, the law popularly referred to as the “guns everywhere” law because it allows carrying guns into bars, nightclubs, classrooms, and even some government buildings. The law also provides that no one can be required to show ID or proof that he is licensed to carry a gun. Who could have foreseen any problems arising from such permissive legislation?
It didn’t take long; 15 hours after the new law took effect, at about 3 p.m. an ammosexual entered a convenience store in Valdosta proudly wearing his weapon on his hip to make a purchase . He was immediately approached by another armed ammosexual who demanded that he produce a permit for his weapon. When the other man informed him that he did not have to show a permit to him or anyone, else he drew his weapon and once more demanded to see the permit.
The man who was drawn on remained calm, completed his purchase and left the store before calling the police to report the incident.
Police apprehended the assailant, 62 year-old Ronald Williams, and charged him with disorderly conduct for drawing his weapon inside the store. His weapon was confiscated and he was being held in the Lowndes County jail.
“This is an example of my concern with the new gun law that people will take the law into their own hands which we will not tolerate,” Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress told The Valdosta Daily Times.
Police say that Williams never actually pointed his gun at the other man, and although this incident was quickly resolved without violence, it is not difficult to imagine a much more disastrous outcome.
There was no bloodshed this time but sooner or later two armed hot-heads are going to find one another and people will die unless this law is changed.