News Site Claims Georgia Residents Can Buy and Carry “Pulse Rifles” Under New Law

July 21 2014
by GSL Staff
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Trust me, I triple checked that I wasn’t reading The Onion when I saw this article come across my Facebook timeline.

First off, besides the content of the article (which we’ll get to), I can almost write an entire article on the image that was included with the post.

The image is of a bunch of toy model guns, including a “Pulse Rifle”, you know a completely science fiction based firearm that doesn’t exist, even a little bit.

The image is accompanied by a caption that reads “These guns can be purchased anywhere in Georgia and carried into a church, bar, school or library.”

Sigh. Besides the fact that the guns are toys and/or non-existent, the quote is just wrong. The part of HB 826 that addressed school carry was only for licensed teachers (there was a separate bill that seemed to allow school carry, but it will likely have to be clarified in court) and churches have to specifically opt-in to allow carry.

Also, the author of the post is really, really scared of camera tripods. From GUNS, GOONS, AND GEORGIA, by Jim and Jean Anton:

I was determined not to let the obscenity of Guns Everywhere ruin my day. I would enjoy hiking with my grandchildren no matter what. So at 5:30 a.m., when my energy was high, and the air was particularly crisp and the forest full of song, I picked up the children.

We were hiking for about half an hour when I noticed a strange man coming towards us. What was that he was carrying? Was it a rifle of some kind? It looked unmistakably like a gun – a rifle or a shotgun.

But this was conservation land – in Massachusetts not Georgia! Even if he had a gun, I had no reason to worry… or did I? If he had a gun, it probably wasn’t loaded, and he was on his way to a target range. Through a conservation area???

When he got close enough, I realized that he wasn’t carrying a gun but a tripod in a carrying case. He was a nature photographer.

Sigh.

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