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Mayor Hobgood To Discuss Sweeping Gun Bill

The bill would allow licensed gun owners to bring their firearms into some government buildings that don't have security measures.

Credit: Patchfile
Credit: Patchfile
A bill signed by Gov. Nathan Deal that expands where license gun owners can carry firearms will be discussed by Canton Mayor Gene Hobgood during the city council's meeting tonight.

The council's meeting gets underway at 6 p.m. at Canton City Hall.

The bill, which goes into effect on July 1, allows licensed gun owners to bring their firearms into bars and some government buildings that don't have security measures. 

It also allows school districts to designate which staff members will be allowed to carry guns and gives religious institutions the leeway to determine if they want to allow firearms in their places of worship.

The council will also discuss management of Canton Paw Park, design of the Canton Waste Water Treatment Plant, waste removal contract options and will consider awarding a contract to Allied Paving Contractors to perform the city's 2014 street pavings as part of the Local Maintenance Improvement Grant program.

Council members will also consider reappointing resident Deborah Fincher to the Cherokee County Library Board of Trustees. If reappointed, the term would run from July 2014 through June 30, 2017.

See the attached .PDF to review what else is on tonight's agenda. 
Dawg May 02, 2014 at 08:08 AM
“I think we can restrict guns in City Hall, but it’s going to cost us more than it has been,” Hobgood said. - Now that law abiding citizens can legally carry in these buildings, all of a sudden the mayor is concerned about safety? Was the mayor not concerned about safety before this law was passed and only the criminals could carry guns in the buildings?
John Welford May 05, 2014 at 02:13 PM
Sounds like an uncomfortable topic for the mayor.

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