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Gun control advocates criticize sweeping new gun law HB60

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The Rev. Raphael Warnock had strong words today for state lawmakers who supported HB60, a sweeping gun bill signed into law by Gov. Nathan Deal.

"This is a terrible day in the state of Georgia. The message is very clear that many of our politicians are owned by the gun lobby," said Warnock. "I think our governor, as he signs this bill, has placed his signature on a terrible experiment that comes at the expense of ordinary Georgians."

HB60 is a wide-ranging law that reduces the penalty of several existing gun laws and gives gun owners more freedom to carry weapons where they want, including inside bars and certain sections of Hartsfield-Jackson International airport. It also allows people with a Georgia Firearm License to take their weapons inside churches as long as the church's policy allows it.

"It is a terrible idea to imagine in a large crowd that anybody might be packing heat. It's a public safety issue. Just because someone has a permit doesn't mean they are always responsible," Warnock said.

"Churches are private property. The government shouldn't be able to say whether I can carry a firearm in there or whether I'm not and it shouldn't be against the law for me to do so," said Jerry Henry, executive director of

Henry said the law doesn't go far enough.

"Normally when there is an expansion of laws that allows more freedom to carry your firearms, in other places it does lower the crime rate," Henry said.

Warnock disagrees.

"This notion that building a society where it's every man and woman for themselves and everybody is armed, the notion that that will solve the problem is false," Warnock said.

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