Macon-Bibb Commissioners hope meeting with state legislators changes gun law

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The Macon-Bibb Commissioners want lawmakers to change the Safe Carry Protection Act of 2014.

They say the law discourages entertainment acts from using venues like the Macon Centreplex because some performers may require an enforced no-gun policy.

The city would not be able to provide the requirement under the new law.

“And then you’ve got beefs going on around the country with certain artists or acts,” said Commissioner Al Tillman. “You know, who wants to be in a facility where anybody can bring a weapon or gun of their choice?”

 “For legislators to do a good job at what they need to do, they need to hear from folks that have concerns about what the ideas are about the legislation that’s being proposed or what’s already been passed at the last session,” said future State Senator (D-18) John Kennedy.

Also at the meeting Tuesday night, the board voted to give the Macon Transit Authority full ownership of Terminal Station.

This allows the building to increase eligibility for much-needed renovation grants.

Macon-Bibb Mayor Robert Reichert says this is a good move for the city.

“It’s not as though we’re conveying it away to a for-profit organization that is going to sell it and do away with it,” said Reichert. “One of the restrictions is that the property has to continue to be used for transportation. So this is basically a win-win.”

The commission voted unanimously for the move.

Commissioner Al Tillman says this could help development around Terminal Station as well.

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