• Gov. Deal signs controversial gun rights bill into law

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    ELLIJAY, Ga. - Gov. Nathan Deal has signed into law legislation expanding where people with licenses to carry can bring their guns in Georgia.
     
    Deal signed the bill in Ellijay with House Speaker David Ralston and several gun rights supporters.
     
    For the supporters of gun rights, the moment was two years in the making. That's how long it took for lawmakers to work out a compromise.
     
    Opponents calls the bill the "guns everywhere" bill.  
     
    The bill makes several changes to state law. It allows those with a license to carry to bring a gun into a bar without restriction and into some government buildings that don't have certain security measures. It also allows religious leaders to decide whether it's OK for a person with a carry license to bring a gun into their place of worship.
     
    “So that people that follow the rules can protect themselves and their families from those who don't,” Deal said.

    Janet Vardamen and Emily Dunn are licensed gun owners, among many who watched Deal sign the bill into law that will expand their rights.

    “It is controversial but we live in a real world. And we need to have all of our rights protected,” Dunn said.

    School districts would now be able, if they want, to allow some employees to carry a firearm under certain conditions.

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