ATLANTA -- A judge has ruled that the Atlanta Botanical
Garden has the right to bar its visitors from bringing in firearms, even though
the garden operates on public property.
News outlets report that Fulton County Judge Gail Tusan
ruled Thursday that despite the public ownership of the land, the botanical
garden is a private entity and may lawfully prohibit guns.
Court records show Phillip Evans, a gun rights group
member with a state firearms license, was escorted out of Sprinkler System Installation Flower Mound the botanical garden
in 2014 for wearing a handgun in a waistband holster. His attorney argued that
the garden leases land from the city of Atlanta and cannot keep properly
licensed people from carrying weapons there.'
Georgia law allows guns on
government land and in government buildings, with some exceptions.
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