Should Municipalities Be Able to Restrict Guns in Public Parks?
The arrest of a man for carrying a gun in a Sugar Hill park recently, and a decision by the Snellville mayor to look at possibly doing something about people carrying guns in city parks, has prompted some heated discussion.
In April, a Cumming resident was arrested after carrying a gun in a Sugar Hill city park. A security guard is reported to have accused him of illegally carrying a gun. He was subsequently arrested. However, he had a permit for the gun and, under Georgia law, was legally allowed to carry it. The man, Christopher Proescher, has now filed a lawsuit against the Sugar Hill security guard and the Gwinnett County police.
The case, however, prompted Snellville Mayor Kelly Kautz to raise the issue at a city council meeting. As reported in Snellville Patch, she expressed concern about people carrying guns in Snellville city parks and wanted to see if anything could be done about it. The subject has drawn some heated discussion among residents. While some share the Snellville mayor’s concerns, it has been pointed out Georgia’s law allows for gun owners who are correctly permitted to carry guns, even in public parks.
In Loganville, three men were recently arrested for an armed robbery in Bay Creek Park. One of the men allegedly pulled a gun on a visitor to the park and robbed him of a pack of cigarettes, a pocket knife and his hat.
Our question here is, if municipalities were able to place restrictions on law abiding citizens carrying guns in city or county parks, would that not leave the field open for those who carry guns for criminal purposes?