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There is a clinic next month involving some new repair techniques that I was looking forward to attending next month. It has always been held at a particular business location every year, until this year. For some reason, it has been moved to a high school band room in Atlanta. Now, there is no way I am going to Atlanta without protection, and normally, I would just suck it up and leave it locked up in my vehicle.

However, if I'm not mistaken, it is illegal in the state of Georgia for me to have a firearm in my vehicle on school property unless I am in the process of picking up or dropping off a student. So once there, I cannot carry it on me and I cannot leave it locked in my vehicle.

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Just thinking....

it is illegal in the state of Georgia for me to have a firearm in my vehicle on school property unless I am in the process of picking up or dropping off a student.

Any suggestions?
What if YOU are the student?
If I understand correctly, you can therefore have the gun in your car because you are driving a student (you) to and from the school.
Right?

Just thinking....

Either that or, ... what JD said.

I gotta take my kids up to Buckley AFB.
I'll be unarmed. (Gotta do what I gotta do.) Sure I don't like having to go unarmed, but sometimes that's life.

(If Obama has his way, we'll all be unarmed soon. It's not likely though.)
 

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Don't take this the wrong way, I am a friend, but

Get over it and leave your pistol at home.

You don't have to like the law, you just have to follow it.
 

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Shelf the gun and go. You CAN go out without a gun, I've been doing it for the last 10 months, you can deal with it if the clinic is worth it to you. If you're not willing to go, it can't be that important.
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Situations like this one are an excellent opportunity for us to realize that having a gun IS NOT the only way to protect ourselves! We need to have many tools in our arsenal as well as developing situational awareness and tactics. Weaponless defense training is very important.

Maybe you don't normally carry pepper spray because you have "enough junk" but... if you must leave your weapon behind, you then have room for a can of spray for just one example.

With a little planning and practice you can add several tools to go along with weaponless defense training.

Your weapon is your last choice, not very often your first! :wink:
 

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I go with all the above replies!

Well done as usual! :image035:


Safe and sane shooting everyone,

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ever heard the term "guncentric"?...youve actually managed to survive this long without using your gun to protect yourself...if you believe you cannot live without it you are a prisoner in your own world...missing an important event or training because you cant carry your gun is a really poor editorial of your priorities...

there are many different ways to protect yourself...invest in them and utilize them when you cannot carry...
 

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Situations like this one are an excellent opportunity for us to realize that having a gun IS NOT the only way to protect ourselves! We need to have many tools in our arsenal as well as developing situational awareness and tactics. Weaponless defense training is very important.

Maybe you don't normally carry pepper spray because you have "enough junk" but... if you must leave your weapon behind, you then have room for a can of spray for just one example.

With a little planning and practice you can add several tools to go along with weaponless defense training.

Your weapon is your last choice, not very often your first! :wink:
Good counsel, Thumper. I agree!
 

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ever heard the term "guncentric"?...youve actually managed to survive this long without using your gun to protect yourself...if you believe you cannot live without it you are a prisoner in your own world...missing an important event or training because you cant carry your gun is a really poor editorial of your priorities...
Can't say I've never been guilty of this. :redface:
My wife finally snapped me out of it.

To the OP:
There are always ways around things, even without breaking any laws. I'd say the easiest way would be to park away from the school. A little exercise never hurt anybody.

On a larger long-term scale, one way to fix the problem is to get involved with the political process. Although Missouri was one of the more recent states to get CC, we learned from others' mistakes and came up with a pretty decent law. Parking lots are not considered part of any of the "banned" areas. Laws CAN be revised and changed. A couple years ago the state legislature realized the "permit to transfer a concealable firearm" law was impractical and took it off the books. (You had to get a permit from the sheriff to sell or even loan a pistol- this made it difficult for instructors to loan weapons to students for CCW courses, and technically, even your spouse couldn't pick up your pistol without breaking the law).

Maybe there's a DC member in that city that you could trust to store your firearms while you attend your training, better yet one who's credentialed (e.g. NRA, LEO, military- someone accountable to someone other than you). Or possibly there's a short-term storage locker available, e.g. one of those mailbox stores or something. Good luck finding a solution.

Semper Fi
 

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To the people telling me its okay to go somewhere without a gun, obviously. I go places all the time without my gun, especially local schools when I make deliveries. However, I will NOT intentionally go to a known hostile environment unarmed. Atlanta has notorious gang problems, not to mention anything could occur during the two hour drive there. I am going to Gwinnett county and sure enough the very first search I did brought this up:

Gwinnett police arrest 6 for street gang activity | ajc.com

Almost a good suggestion of parking off campus. According to the maps, I've got about a 1/4 mile walk from the closest thing which is a church. Oh wait, Georgia says no guns at church (including within 600 feet). So that's out. Everything else is private residence. It may not be possible to park on the neighborhood streets. The next closest thing is a state park a little over a mile away. In warmer weather and without the tools and supplies I would have with me? Sure. Given the area I think it would have probably been a nice walk.

Pepper spray.....hmmm....this is doable I think. I haven't found anything yet saying its illegal to carry pepper spray into a Georgia school.

Somebody in another thread mentioned pawning it short term which I found humorous considering I don't think I've ever seen a pawn shop in a good area of town.

Given that there was so much green space around this particular school, I checked out the demographics and background and it is apparently in a rather affluent area so its probably not as bad as I originally thought. So far its looking like the pepper spray option is the best so far.
 

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You can do many things to ensure your safety in Atlanta or any other big city. I just spent several days in San Francisco and could not take my ccw.

- Avoid dodgy-looking areas
- Don't stay out late
- Travel with friends or in groups from your sessions and to dinner
- Don't drink or "party" too much outside your hotel
- Have fun and get the training you need for your career
 

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I often travel to "bad" parts of many cities. In fact, our corporate offices are adjacent ot Detroit. I have not had my CHL until late this year, and I have not had any issues even without the firearm. You just need to be awre of your surroundings and not presume there will be problems requiring the use of a firearm. Odds are you will be fine, so go and enjoy the training.
 
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