ALBANY, GA (WALB) - South Georgia Gun dealers say firearm sales have risen dramatically in recent weeks, while state law on gun ownership and carry privileges will change with the new year.
Albany State University Police and the District Attorney's office have decided to host a firearms safety and legal workshop this month, to help people know their legal rights about owning a gun, and the safe way to use one.
Albany State University Police know many South Georgians own guns, and want to make sure you understand your second amendment right to keep and bear arms.
Albany State University Police Chief Roberson Brown said "The law constantly changes for firearms. We just had a big revision update recently. A lot of people are misquoting that. That they can come on campus with their gun. Or a shotgun that is just for hunting."
New Georgia law permits guns in more businesses, but they are still illegal in banks, or on all school campuses. ASU Police, acting District Attorney Greg Edwards, and officers from the Albany Dougherty Drug Unit will host the workshop November 22nd at Albany State to explain these new gun laws.
Brown said "If you buy a gun it comes with a big responsibility. How to secure it in your home. How to purchase it properly. If you carry it in your vehicle, what to do if the cops stop you. How to make sure you are a law abiding citizen."
Officers will also explain gun safety for new buyers, especially women, and how to keep them out of children's hands, and why it usually ends up tragically.
Major Cadedria Hill said "when they pick up the weapon, their hands won't reach all the way around to the trigger area, so to be able to pull the trigger they will turn it toward their face, and this how the accidents happen."
Officers and the D.A. will answer your questions at the Albany State Firearms workshop, Saturday November 22nd from 9:00AM till noon at the ACAD Building on the Albany State campus.
Chief Brown said anyone is welcome for the gun law workshop, but he reminds you not to bring any weapons on the Albany State Campus for it.