Augusta, GA – Georgia laws states that it is legal to carry a concealed weapon into a movie theater, but the decision to allow or not allow firearms on a property are left up to the discretion of any business according to the law.
“And the purpose of the law was so that you could defend yourself or defend your property or defend your loved ones,” said Steven Fishman President of Sidney’s Department Store.
Fishman says he lobbied for the new Georgia Carry Laws back in 1976 and he says since then good decisions have been made to tweak the law, but people still do not have the right to cause alarm.
“Just because you have the right to carry a firearm doesn’t mean you have the right to scare someone else,” Fishman told News Channel 6.
To carry a concealed weapon you cannot have the outline of a firearm showing underneath clothes. Currently in the United States there are more than 27,000 gun laws.
“There are more than enough gun laws to protect anyone in this country. The problem is when someone shoots someone that’s not a gun law. That’s a homicide. Murder is still against the law. Shooting people is against the law,” Fishman said.
But some movie goers I talked with Friday said they don’t know the laws pertaining to bringing a concealed firearm into a theater.
“But I assume you can’t bring a weapon to the movies. I always feel safer if you have a weapon. I feel pretty safe without one though,” said movie goer Oscar Roquemore.
Still, the thought of a shooting in a movie theater has caused some people to think about how they would act in that situation.
“I’ve gone through that in my mind ever since the Aurora incident, in Colorado. You know obviously get down on the ground, get low, try to determine from where the shots are coming and then it’s dark in there. So the shooter in my mind would have a disadvantage unless he brings a flood light with him,” Roquemore said.
Georgia and South Carolina both do not require anyone to register a handgun, but to carry a concealed weapon you must purchase a permit in both states.