Atlanta’s Pro-Gun Laws Trigger Cancellation of Summer Festival

Legal liabilities stemming from Georgia’s expansive pro-gun laws were to blame for the cancellation of Atlanta’s Music Midtown festival, particularly a law expanding where people could carry concealed firearms.

Atlanta’s Pro-Gun Laws Trigger Cancellation of Summer Festival

posterAs gun-control legislation stalls at the federal level, developments in the music festival circuit have underscored the impact of state laws, with Atlanta’s Music Midtown festival, originally set for next month, being canceled because of a Georgia court ruling that prevented organizers from banning guns on festival grounds, reports the Washington Post.

Legal liabilities stemming from Georgia’s expansive pro-gun laws were to blame for the cancellation, particularly the The Safe Carry Protection Act, also referred to as the “Guns Everywhere” bill, signed into law in 2014, which expanded where people could carry concealed firearms to include spaces such as bars, parks, parts of airports and some churches. Officials say that the proliferation of guns, eased by the state’s loosening restrictions on them, comes at economic and social costs, while festival safety measures have been under intense scrutiny since a crowd surge at rapper Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival in November killed 10.