"Guns Everywhere" Law an Added Cost to City

Jul 2, 2014

The so-called “Guns Everywhere” bill went into effect this week.

It allows Georgians with a concealed carry permit to bring firearms into churches, libraries, restaurants and government buildings.

Credit Michelle Wirth/WABE News

Early on, the law is already proving to be an added expense for Atlanta taxpayers.

City of Atlanta spokesman Carlos Campos confirms Mayor Kasim Reed is spending taxpayer money for private security at 24 city recreation centers.

“We have a lot of summer programming and after school programming at our recreation centers, and that’s definitely a place where you’re going to see increased security by the city of Atlanta to make sure our children aren’t exposed to guns," Campos says. 

Just how much it’s costing the city, Campos declined to say.  He says that’s because details of the contract are still being worked out.