Saturday, 17 June 2017

Atlanta Botanical Garden's gun ban upheld by judge

ATLANTA -- A judge has ruled that the Atlanta Botanical

Garden has the right to bar its visitors from bringing in firearms, even though

the garden operates on public property.

News outlets report that Fulton County Judge Gail Tusan

ruled Thursday that despite the public ownership of the land, the botanica l

garden is a private entity and may lawfully prohibit guns.

Court records show Phillip Evans, a gun rights group

member with a state firearms license, was escorted out of the botanical garden

in 2014 for wearing a handgun in a waistband holster. His attorney argued that

the garden leases land from the city of Atlanta and cannot keep properly

licensed people from carrying weapons there.'

Georgia law allows guns on

government land and in government buildings, with some exceptions.

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