Murder in a Victim Disarmament Zone

September 6, 2006 

Murder in Marta parking lot 

Marta, its trains, buses, buildings, and even its parking lots have been declared by the Georgia General Assembly to be off limits to firearms under the penalty of a felony prosecution by the State, with the punishment being 1-20 years in prison and a $15,000.00 fine.  See O.C.G.A. 16-12-127; 16-12-122(12); and 16-12-123(b).

“Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed one.” – Thomas Jefferson, Commonplace Book, quoting Cesare Beccaria.

This morning, a man died at the hands of a criminal in a zone where the law of this State declares that he had no right to defend himself with a firearm. 


 Is it not time to change these laws?

See our Prohibited Places link, to the right, for a map of other states that allow carry on mass transit.  87% of the states in this nation that license carry allow carry on mass transit.  It is time Georgia joined the majority of states in this country on this issue.

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3 Responses to “Murder in a Victim Disarmament Zone”

  1. aryfrosty Says:

    I am saddened that my home state of Georgia is becoming more totalitarian about gun control than my new home in New Hampshire. Sonny better wake up and see that lawful concealed carriers are a law enforcement asset and not a liability. Georgia lawmakers and enforcers need to work on doing real police work and controlling the weak minded morons who should not have a weapon of any knid anywhere and not just content themselves with lowballing anyone who carries. Look to the true son of Georgia who shot and killed the murdering, kidnapping thug in the Atlanta area. Where would he have been if he had not have a gun. I have a permit and I use it in accordance with law as much as possible. But, I will never be, nor will I allow those around me to be, a victim of an armed thug because I played “nice guy” and left my weapon in the car.

  2. Trevor Snyder Says:

    So what action items are there for this? I will carry if I ride Marta, and I’d like to do it legally. The chances of me riding it are slim, but I’m not willing to be disarmed for the “privilege” of using public transportation.

  3. jrm Says:


    GCO is working on legislative revisions for the upcoming session of the general assembly. Look for more detailed information this fall.