Now that the Georgia legislature passed their “guns everywhere” bill (as described by its opponents) Peach Tree State streets are running red with the blood of innocents. Or not. Yup. Not. But gun owners still have some heavy lifting to do, as hoplophobic semi-public entitites do what they can to avoid to the carry-on consequences of the Safe Carry Protection Act. To wit: “A Gwinnett County man sued the Atlanta Botanical Gardens Wednesday because he was escorted off the property on the basis that he was opening carrying a gun,” ajc.com reports. “According to the suit filed by Phillip Evans and the gun rights group GeorgiaCarry.org . . .
Evans called the gardens in August to ask about the policy concerning weapons and followed the phone conversation up with two emails to verify what from Jason Diem, a member of the gardens’ management team, had told him. “The Garden’s policy is no weapons except as permitted by law,” Diem responded, according to the suit filed in Fulton State Court.”
So Mr. Evans openly carried his firearm during a visit to the Gardens. Hakuna mutata. But then . . .
When Evans came back to the gardens on the edge of Piedmont Park a week later with his wife and two children, (again) openly wearing his gun in a holster, Diem told him he could not have his gun with him.
The police were called and Evans was escorted to his car and told to leave, according to the suit.
Evans followed up with an emailed question about Botanical Gardens policy to Mary Pat Matheson, president and CEO, and she responded on Oct. 22 that only police officers can be armed while on the property.
“Evans intends to continue to visit the gardens and desires to carry a weapon while he does so,” the lawsuit said.
Monroe said Evans wanted to bring his gun “for the same reason anybody wants to carry a gun; for self defense.”
The suit points out that the law allows private property owners and lessees of private property to ban guns from their premises, but public property owners and lessees of public property can not. Watch this space.
[Note: this is not Mr. Evans’ first pro-open carry lawsuit rodeo. A couple of months ago, Evans filed suit against a Gwinnett County school district for banning him from carrying his firearm onto school property. An effort that got mommyish.com‘s proverbial knickers in a metaphorical twist.]