Georgia’s historic open-carry law started with an unnecessary confrontation between two licensed gun owners.
On the first day of the new Georgia Safe Carry Protection Act, a misunderstanding between two armed men led to a drawn firearm and an arrest, according to the Valadosta Daily Times.
At around 3pm on July 1, a man wearing a sidearm on his hip walked into a convenience store in Valdosta, Georgia, to make a purchase. Another man inside the store, who was also wearing a holstered sidearm, approached the customer and demanded to see some ID.
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The customer said he had no obligation to show him anything. The other man drew his sidearm, without pointing it at the customer, and demanded again to see some ID.
Undeterred, the customer paid for his items, left the store, and called the cops.
Police later arrested the other man for drawing his firearm in the store.
The local chief of police said he was worried this would happen with the Georgia Safe Carry Protection Act.
“This is an example of my concern with the new gun law that people will take the law into their own hands which we will not tolerate,” Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress said.
The Georgia Safe Carry Protection Act allows licensed gun owners to carry guns in most public places, including churches, government buildings, and bars.
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