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Georgia's new gun law raises questions about enforcement

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May 19, 2008

Albany-  The number of concealed weapon permits in Dougherty County continues to rise. So do concerns about a new law that allows guns inside restaurants, parks, and on public transportation.

Concealed weapons permits are up 30 percent over last year in Dougherty County. Probate Judge Nancy Stephenson says, however, there's no way to know if it's because of the new law. She and Prosecutor Attorney Greg Edwards say there are some gray areas in the law about how it will be enforced, but one thing is certain, you can't drink if you're going to carry your gun.

"The bottom line is you still can't drink and carry a fire arm in these restaurants, hopefully that will be a moderating factor, but right now we'll have to just see how things will progress and how people comply with that law," said Greg Edwards, Chief Assistant District Attorney.

While the law was signed by Governor Sonny Perdue last week, it won't go into effect until July first.

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