APD says guns allowed at road raceIllustration. Wikimedia Commons.
The Peachtree Road Race is tomorrow, July 4, and it takes place three days after House Bill 60, the so-called “guns everywhere” bill went into effect.
On July 3, Atlanta Police released this statement about security at the race:
(Atlanta) As part of the Atlanta Police Department’s overall security plan for the Peachtree Road Race, APD plans to secure the finish line. People entering Piedmont Park will be screened for bombs or explosive devices, but no persons in possession of weapons and/or long guns will be denied entry.
So does this mean people carrying a long gun like a sniper rifle could be allowed to attend the race?
“This means we are going to abide by state law, which does not allow us to prohibit weapons on certain public property,” APD spokesperson Elizabeth Espy said.
Cities in Metro Atlanta are taking measures to secure buildings while still complying with the law. The city of Decatur is still determining how to secure its buildings at a cost that could be hundreds of thousands of dollars. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed announced that security guards would be station at the city’s recreation centers.