First day of Georgia's new gun law, man draws on fellow open carrier

Yesterday, when gun rights expanded in The Peach State, two armed men engaged in a confrontation that led to one of them drawing his gun and getting arrested, The Valdosta Daily Times reports.

“Essentially, it involved one customer with a gun on his hip when a second customer entered with a gun on his hip,” said Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress, who added that this is an example of what he feared would happen.

Police responded to the incident at 3 o’clock in the afternoon at a convenience store in Valdosta. It started when a man with a holstered firearm inside the store noticed another man with a holstered firearm enter the store.

The first man approached the second and demanded to see his identification and firearms license, to which the man replied, WTF, mate?

The first man, who continued to demand identification, pulled his gun from its holster, but never pointed it at the other customer. The second man explained that he was not legally obligated to show any permits or ID, which is true under the new law. He then ignored the demands and the pulled firearm, paid for his items and called police after he left the store.

Authorities later arrested Ronald Williams, 62, on a charge of disorderly conduct. They also confiscated his weapon and took him to jail.

Correction: We originally reported the incident occurred in Enmark, Georgia. Enmark is the store, not the town.

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