August 9, 2022
Organizers reportedly pull plug on concert due to Georgia’s ‘open carry’ gun laws

Music Midtown, which was due to take place over two days in September and featured artists such as Jack White, Future and Fall Out Boy, posted a tweet on Monday saying the festival was canceled “due to circumstances beyond our control”. went:

For tickets that have already been sold, refunds will be provided.

According to the AJC, the organizers’ decision included: 2014 law that expanded the territories Where gun owners were openly authorized to carry firearms. 2014 safe carry protection act Gives gun owners the right to carry firearms in most public areas without restriction. The law also allows school districts and religious leaders to decide whether to openly allow firearms to be carried on school grounds and religious sites.

The newspaper reported that a 2019 Georgia Supreme Court ruling — and an appellate court that upheld the decision this year — made it more difficult for private groups to ban guns from incidents on public lands in the state.

The cancellation of the festival highlights the negative impact of “open carry” gun laws on business in Georgia. It was already a hot-button political issue with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, who slammed Republicans for passing such gun laws.

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