On April 24, 2014, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed a broad expansion of gun carrying rights into law, tacitly admitting that law enforcement agencies in Georgia can no longer protect residents of the state or visitors to the state, anywhere in the state, day or night. The law will take effect on July 1, and encourages gun owners to arm themselves in a wide range of locales from bars to churches. The new law also authorizes schools to arm staff members to protect children in elementary and secondary schools, but curiously does not permit guns on college campuses.
Most recent statewide statistics indicate that there is a gun murder every twenty hours on average in Georgia and that the state has the third highest rate of armed robberies with firearms in the U.S.
Those considering travel to the state of Georgia, should evaluate their personal security situation in light of the continuing high rate of violent gun crime in the state.