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Thursday, July 3, 2014

First Slice 7/3/14: Guns Everywhere era begins with an arrest

And on the first day of the "Guns Everywhere" era, the first arrest has been made. Two men in Valdosta, both armed, had a mild standoff when one man demanded to see the other man's identification and firearms license. A gun was drawn. Words, but not bullets, were exchanged. The police were called and the man asking for the ID and permit was arrested. Under the new law, no one, including the police, can demand to see a firearms permit. I'm sure this sort of thing is just an isolated incident, right? Can anyone imagine anything worse occurring? Everybody remember, sometimes good guys don't wear white.

"Guns Everywhere" also means an added expense to Atlanta taxpayers, and probably most Georgia taxpayers as the saga continues. Mayor Kasim Reed announced that the city will use public funds to pay for private security at 24 city recreation centers. The exact figure for the contract is still being hashed out.

Wanting to avoid the appearance of impropriety, Judge Tain Kell, a member of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce, has recused himself from validating bonds for the new Braves stadium. That's a smart call on his part. It would be a shame if anything sketchy tainted the process of the Braves moving to Cobb.

Four new security cameras were added to EAV's streets as part of the Atlanta Police Department's Operation Shield program. The feeds are sent to the Video Integration Center and monitored by the APD using analytical software.

ICYMI:
WABE's board of directors: GPB's WRAS takeover is a 'waste of Georgia’s tax dollars'

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