Movie theater considered "Public Gathering?"

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    Movie theater considered "Public Gathering?"

    I just read a story about an individual who was arrested for attempting to carry a concealed pistol into a movie theater in Columbus, GA. I was surprised to read that one of the charges is carrying a deadly weapon into a public gathering." Up until this point I've always heard examples of public gatherings being large sporting events or concerts.

    Columbus, GA: UPDATE: Armed man arrested at 'The Expendables 2' pre-screening; police don't believe it's related to bomb threat | Latest News | Columbus Ledger Enquirer

    Seems like a stretch to me. Can anyone shed some light on this from a legal standpoint?



    Also, if a business has a "No Guns" sign posted, does it carry any kind of legal weight?

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    Did a quick check at http://www.handgunlaw.us/states/georgia.pdf and didn't see any reference to public gatherings. Did find the answer to your question about signs. Per the website, signs do not carry the weight of law in GA.
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    It sounds like he failed to conceal it.
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    He didnt fail to conceal it, he just made it blatantly obvious that he was up to something... he was carrying a computer bag where he had it concealed. And on top of all this he didnt even have a licence... fail...
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    Just what is the definition of a "public gathering"? More than tweo people in a public place? Sounds pretty vague and appealable to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MDAnna81 View Post
    I was surprised to read that one of the charges is carrying a deadly weapon into a public gathering." Up until this point I've always heard examples of public gatherings being large sporting events or concerts.

    Seems like a stretch to me. Can anyone shed some light on this from a legal standpoint?
    It has always seemed a stretch to me, too.

    When it comes right down to it, practically any spot where more than a few people congregate can be deemed a "gathering" if it suits the arresting "authorities." The average crosswalk at noon in town qualifies, in that regard, for the aggressive types.

    Fact is, its wording in the statutes tends to be one of those catch-all dust bins that can be used to criminalize a person when not a single criminal behavior has actually been done by the accused. "Legally," it's used just like that, all too often.
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    Here is the deal if they what to arrest you and charge you they can. They can and do make it up as they go . You may not get convicted but it does not stop them. Happens often not just with firearms. Then while they have you they work on finding something they can make stick. All the while it cost you money and time so in the end to plead to a lesser charge just to get it over with.
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    Georgia's "Public Gathering" clause was eliminated TWO YEARS AGO with the passing of SB308 in June of 2010. There IS NO "Public Gathering" law anymore. Apparently that hasn't stopped a few LEOs from arresting people for it.
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    In our state thats true...


    You aren't supposed to carry "anywhere where an admission is charged".



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    I wouldn't expect much from the "public gathering" charge. Now, carrying the handgun without a GWCL, that's another story.

    What was the dude thinking?? It takes about an hour of your time and about 100 bucks to get a five year license in GA. Duh!

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    78 bucks, drivers license, 30 minutes grand total including drive time to apply for permit, had the license in my hand in less then 24 hours from walking out of the building. That's how easy it is to get a permit in most of Ga, we have a few countys that have cranial rectum problems, but its mostly sorted out now.

    As to the public gathering law, that was repealed 2 years ago, that's why it was removed it was used incorrectly in violation of the very laws specifics. As we see here it would not have applied, and its been gone for two years and he still gets charged with it.
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    I know not what this "overkill" means.

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    I don't see a problem here at all. Dummy get busted for conceal weapon with no licence to do so. It can be typical that old laws get carried on paper work like the "public gather" but that will be dropped as it no longer is a staue to break but others may get piled on. Do any of you think he won't have a lawyer and he will notice the public gathering charge at least?? Now there will be one less dummy to break laws in the future, atleast for a while hopfully.
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    Stupid guy gets arrested. Good arrest.
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    After reading some more I am saying wait and see, the articles and arrest records are well confusing. I'm not trusting either yet.
    I know not what this "overkill" means.

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    I don't have sympathy for the guy who didn't even have a permit or conceal his gun well.
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