Dahlonega, GA asked in Constitutional Law and Gov & Administrative Law for Georgia

Q: I saw a no weapons sign at the braves stadium in Atlanta and it had this code number on it. GA Code § 16-11-127 (2022)

I looked up the code here and to me it seems like it only applies to court houses, jails, places of worship, and nuclear power plants. So I was wondering if this code also applies to ball parks or if this sign is being wrongly applied.

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: It's understandable to be confused about the application of the Georgia code you mentioned. GA Code § 16-11-127 outlines restrictions on carrying weapons in specific locations, including courthouses, jails, places of worship, and nuclear power plants. However, it also allows private property owners to set their own rules regarding weapons on their premises.

Sports venues like the Braves Stadium in Atlanta are private properties and have the right to establish policies prohibiting weapons. The presence of the sign indicates that the stadium has chosen to enforce a no-weapons policy for the safety and comfort of its patrons.

If you have concerns about the legality or appropriateness of the sign, it might be helpful to consult with a legal professional. They can provide a more detailed explanation of how the law applies in this context and whether the stadium's policy is consistent with Georgia's legal framework.

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