ATLANTA, GA (CBS) A judge has ruled that the Atlanta Botanical Garden has the right to bar its visitors from bringing in firearms, even though the garden operates on public property.

News outlets report that Fulton County Judge Gail Tusan ruled Thursday that despite the public ownership of the land, the botanical garden is a private entity and may lawfully prohibit guns.

Court records show Phillip Evans, a gun rights group member with a state firearms license, was escorted out of the botanical garden in 2014 for wearing a handgun in a waistband holster. His attorney argued that the garden leases land from the city of Atlanta and cannot keep properly licensed people from carrying weapons there.’

Georgia law allows guns on government land and in government buildings, with some exceptions.

I get it.

Technically it’s privately owned and operated, so the owners have a right to decide.

Howeva (insert finger-wag), The Botanical Gardens operate on public property. Meaning with a license, I should be able to do what I want.

This is just another attempt at stifling legal gun owner’s rights, an stigmatizing them to the public.

I don’t know if you’ve been in Atlanta lately, but if you’re not carrying a gun then you are jus blissfully ignorant.

This issue is completely avoidable with a good IWB holster. Concealed carry makes guns in gun-free zones a non-issue. What the Botanical Gardens don’t know won’t hurt em.


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