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First day of new gun law leads to arrest

VALDOSTA — On the first day of the new Georgia Safe Carry Protection Act, a misunderstanding between two armed men in a convenience store Tuesday led to a drawn firearm and a man’s arrest.

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A man carrying a holstered firearm entered the store to make a purchase. Another customer, also with a holstered firearm, approached him and demanded to see his identification and firearms license, according to the Valdosta Police Department report.

The customer making demands for ID pulled his firearm from its holster but never pointed it at the other customer, who said he was not obligated to show any permits or identification.

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Authorities arrested Ronald Williams, 62, on a charge of disorderly conduct, related to the pulling of a weapon inside of the store, according to the VPD. Police confiscated Williams’ weapon and took him to the Lowndes County Jail.  

The police report that they have been 'concerned' that people will 'take the law into their own hands' with regards to who has a permit or otherwise, and the police add they can't even ask.

Not a lot to add: yesterday was the first day this nutty law was actually in effect and it didn't take long for problems to surface.

But don't smoke marijuana. That's dangerous.

Originally posted to Toking Points Memo on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 10:20 AM PDT.

Also republished by Shut Down the NRA.

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