According to reports, the firearms regulations in Georgia were a contributing factor in the organizers’ decision to cancel a music festival in Atlanta on Monday, The Hill informs.
According to two people who spoke to the Journal-Constitution, the cancellation is connected to the legal ramifications of a 2014 law that expanded the locations where gun owners are permitted to carry.
The Safe Carry Protection Act of 2014 eliminates most limits on where gun owners can carry their weapons in public.
The law, which was signed by the then-Gov. Nathan Deal (R), also gives school districts and religious leaders the option of deciding whether to permit weapons in their particular schools or houses of worship.
The 2014 law, dubbed the “guns everywhere” bill by detractors, might complicate festival rules since it does not place any limitations on public spaces like Piedmont Park, which has previously been a no-weapons zone for the Music Midtown event.
According to the sources, the festival’s proprietors were concerned about being sued if they prohibited firearms at the event and performers canceling their appearances if weapons were permitted. The festival would have attracted tens of thousands of visitors to Piedmont Park.
The decision was made a few months after a mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, which claimed the lives of 19 children and two adults and brought the issue of guns back into the political spotlight.