Good Guys Celebrate New Georgia Gun Law By Almost Shooting Each Other

Two legally armed Georgia men made good use of the state's open-carry law on its first day of implementation by starting a gun-rights pissing match in a convenience store, challenging each other's authority, and occasioning a drawdown and an arrest.

"Essentially, it involved one customer with a gun on his hip when a second customer entered with a gun on his hip," Police Chief Brian Childress told the Valdosta Daily Times:

A man carrying a holstered firearm entered the store to make a purchase. Another customer, also with a holstered firearm, approached him and demanded to see his identification and firearms license, according to the Valdosta Police Department report.

The customer making demands for ID pulled his firearm from its holster but never pointed it at the other customer, who said he was not obligated to show any permits or identification.

He demanded the man's ID again. Undeterred by the drawn gun, the man paid for his items, left the store and called for police.

On arriving, cops arrested the more standy-groundy of the two Second Amendment Men, pointing out that under the new law no one—not the cops, and certainly not a random good guy with a gun—can demand proof of licensing from any other armed citizen.

Of course, no one could have foreseen these sorts of complications arising out of the expansion of gun-carry laws. No one. At all.

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