Georgia's new gun law raises unique questions in Canton - CBS46 News

Georgia's new gun law raises unique questions in Canton

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CANTON, GA (CBS46) -

In the city of Canton, figuring out a portion of Georgia's new gun law is an open question.

"A lot of people get very heated on one side of the topic or the other," said Kimberly Kilgore, a Canton homeowner.

Glen Cummins is Canton's interim city manager. He said an old renovated church houses city hall and municipal court.

"Not only are we conducting court business in terms of actual court sessions, but we are conducting judicial business every day in the lobby of this building," said Cummins.

The new gun law, which goes into effect in July, allows people with a carry permit to take weapons inside government buildings, but it bans firearms from court houses. The Canton City Council is still considering what it will do, but Cummins already has his mind made up.

"I don't have any problem with people having guns, but again, I look at it as why is there a necessity to bring a gun inside a court house," Cummins said.

Cummins said if the council allows firearms inside the building, the city will have to hire a police officer or sheriff's deputy to screen people. 
 
"That would be an additional cost, and to me, there is no reason to have that additional cost," Cummins said.

Cummins said he has been flooded with calls and emails from out-of-state gun rights advocates who oppose a ban, but he said local reaction has been nearly non-existent.
 
"I am willing to listen to any citizen in this community. All they have to do is bring their opinion to our front desk and we will evaluate it," said Cummins.

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