Parents called off a children's baseball game in a Georgia park recently after a man with a gun in a holster created a panic with his behavior.
Welcome to the new Georgia, where open carry is allowed pretty much anywhere. One parent, Karen Rabb, described the scene to a local news network:
He's just walking around [saying] 'See my gun? Look, I got a gun and there's nothing you can do about it.' He knew he was frightening people. He knew exactly what he was doing.
When the man refused requests to leave the area of the game, parents called off the game, took the kids behind the dugout, and hunkered down, Rabb said. She said she herself is a gun owner and supports gun rights but felt the man was out of line.
Rabb said later that night when she was reading her son a story, he asked if the man had wanted to kill him.
He's Within His Rights
Park visitors had flooded police with 22 calls to 911 about the man. Forysth County deputies showed up to question him. They found he was within his rights to have the gun. He he had a permit for the handgun and had broken no laws because he hadn't threatened anyone verbally or physically, WSB-TV Atlanta reports.
Georgia Has Most Extreme Gun-Friendly Laws in Country
Georgia's governor recently signed what gun control advocates say is "the most extreme gun bill in America."
The sweeping gun-friendly measures allow guns in places including bars, nightclubs, public areas of airports and government buildings.
But gun rights supporter question whether the man at the kids baseball game exercised his rights appropriately."There's a right and a wrong way to exercise your right. This is not the right way," Georgia Carry Executive Director Jerry Henry told WSB-TV.