Ga. Senate extends concealed carry laws

April 3, 2008 at 8:11 PM

ATLANTA, April 3 (UPI) -- The Georgia Senate has approved legislation that would allow people with permits for concealed weapons to carry them on commuter trains.

They would also be able to bring guns into restaurants if they do not drink, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

The changes in concealed weapons laws were added to a bill giving constables in Magistrates Court the power to carry guns. The measure goes to the state House of Representatives, which tends to be friendlier to gun owners than the Senate.

Sen. John Douglas, a Republican, said responsible gun owners should be allowed to carry their weapons so they can protect themselves. But Democratic Sen. Nan Orrock suggested that the rule about drinking would be hard to enforce.

"Is it wise to send the message that it's open season for gun-toters on MARTA?" she asked, referring to the Atlanta mass transit system.

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