Long time reader here but I don't really post much.
Just an FYI for those of you visiting The Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, as there is nothing to be found in the way of policy on their website nor are there any signs posted. You will be greeted at the entrance with security looking in bags and with wands. I spoke with the security personell about their policy as we entered the line. They were uncertain to the policy and CCW holders and called down a supervisor who politely and professionally told me I could leave it in my vehicle but I could not bring it in the building, saying I had no real need of it. I explained to him that I wasn't concerned about the inside of the building but the street and parking garage. He reiterated that I shouldnt really have an issue as that area of downtown was "usually okay." I asked them if they escorted people to and from their vehicles and he smiled and said no and that it wasn't their responsibility. I said exactly.
On a side note, I was in shorts and a t-shirt and he couldn't tell if I had my weapon with me or not.
Now my inlaws had already purchased tickets and went inside (with my family) so I thanked the security guy and grudgingly returned my firearm to my vehicle.
I am writing a nice letter to the powers that be at the aquarium explaining that I will not recommend anyone spending $40 per adult and $30 per child (2-12) there and my aggravation at the lack of policy available prior to purchasing a ticket, hence this post. It is a private corporation (as I understand it) and well within their rights.
On the bright side, it irritated my father in law to have to wait on me to return my firearm to the car as I got stuck behind about eight bus loads of day campers on my return so it wasn't all bad....