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Guns are not welcome in many places

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Georgia's new gun carry permit law has prompted more businesses and churches to post "no firearms allowed" signs. It's an expected debate, as each private property owner now can decide if they want to ask licensed carry gun permit holders not to bring guns there.

Bethel A.M.E. Church in Albany leaders say they have always had a no gun policy. but after Georgia's new carry law took effect they posted the no firearms signs outside all their buildings.

"They said anywhere, which includes churches. We wanted to make sure that people understood we have not changed our position. We still do not allow guns on our premises," said Senior Pastor Ernest Davis, Jr.

GeorgiaCarry.org, advocates for gun carry permits, says permit holders break no law by going into businesses. However, you must have express permission to carry into a church.

"You are breaking no law by going in there. If they ask you to leave, you must leave or you can be cited for criminal trespass," said Georgia Carry Director Chuck Turney.

The Pastor says they know there have been attacks in churches, but he does not think parishioners with guns is the answer.

"No, I think you'd just have a massive gun fight. And probably more innocent lives would be wasted."

GeorgiaCarry.org said carry permit holders have cleared all background checks, and are the kind of people businesses and churches should welcome. But say these signs could attract trouble.

"What it does is make them an easy target for criminals. Because they know there is no one in there carrying a gun," Turney said.

Safety Max said these "no guns allowed" signs suddenly are hot sellers in South Georgia. They never sold one until the new Georgia law took effect. On our Facebook page today we received a good bit of feedback about this story.

 Most who posted said they were licensed gun permit holders, and they would take their money elsewhere if a business posted a no firearm allowed sign.

On our Facebook page, we received a good bit of feedback about this story. Most who posted said they were licensed gun permit holders, and they would take their money elsewhere if a business posted a no firearm allowed sign.

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