MARTA Prepares for Implementation of Georgia's New Gun Law on July 1st, 2008
On July 1st, Georgia's new gun law allowing licensed individuals to carry a firearm on public transportation will go into effect. In preparation for this change, MARTA wants to ensure that customers are aware of the new provisions and how the law will be enforced.
Georgia law prohibits the carrying of a pistol, revolver or other firearm on public transit unless a person has a valid firearms license to carry a gun. This license must be carried at any time that an individual is carrying a firearm on MARTA. MARTA police will strictly enforce all provisions of this law. Any individual found to be carrying a firearm without a permit will have it confiscated and will be issued a citation pursuant to Georgia law.
MARTA's work rules strictly prohibit all MARTA employees, whether licensed or not, from the possession of any type of firearm while on MARTA property. This prohibition applies to employees' vehicles while vehicles are parked on any Authority property designated as a secured employee parking area.
When taking MARTA to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, customers need to be aware that firearms laws governing the Airport are different from those governing MARTA. Please see the Airport's website to review their firearms regulations.
MARTA will continue to be diligent in its efforts to provide a safe and secure system. If customers witness suspicious activity, they are advised first and foremost not to put themselves in harms way. Please use discretion and report any suspicious activity to a MARTA police officer or talk to a MARTA staff member who will immediately contact the police. In addition, emergency call buttons are located in all rail cars which go directly to the train operator and bus operators are able to contact MARTA police in case immediate assistance is needed.