(RightIsRight.co) – A zoo in Atlanta, Georgia, has revoked a gun ban it had imposed on its visitors two months ago after it faced the prospects of legal action by Second Amendment rights advocates.
The policy change has become effective immediately, allowing visitors to carry firearms on its grounds legally once again, Fox News reported.
“Zoo Atlanta continues to believe that its decision to prohibit carrying of guns onto Zoo Atlanta grounds is legally supportable and in the best interest of safety,” the zoo management declared in a statement announcing the repeal of its local gun ban.
“At this time, however, Zoo Atlanta is choosing not to undergo the major distraction and expense of litigation, but will instead give public officials an opportunity to consider and address this issue,” the zoo added.
“In the meantime, and effective immediately, Zoo Atlanta’s weapons policy will revert to its original form, which allows guests to carry weapons as permitted by law. Zoo Atlanta recognizes and maintains the right to pursue further analysis of this policy,” the company elaborated.
In September, Zoo Atlanta announced it had banned firearms from its premises “in an effort to enhance and protect the safety of our team members, guests, and the animals in our care.”
The zoo management disclosed no details as to which gun rights organizations or individual advocates had threatened to take it to court over the firearm ban, which proved short-lived.
A law passed by the Georgia legislature in 2014 has banned the carrying of firearms on public property in Atlanta.
Grant Park, where Zoo Atlanta is located, is among the city properties.
A local resident has recently taken action to challenge gun bans in parts of the city, such as the Atlanta Botanical Garden.
According to local TV Channel 2 Actions News, it remains unknown whether Zoo Atlanta has decided to backtrack on its gun ban because of the same gun rights activist.
Earlier this year, Atlanta’s Piedmont Park saw the cancelation of a famous music festival, Music Midtown, reportedly because of Georgia’s gun laws.
While the local authorities did not issue any official announcements as to why Music Midtown wasn’t held, Rolling Stone cited sources saying the event got canceled because Georgia allowed guns in public parks.
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